A 43-year-old mother, Nicole Finn, adopted three kids before reportedly starving them so much that one collapsed and died of a heart attack on the bathroom floor in their home.
Sun UK reports that Nicole Finn locked the siblings in a filthy single bedroom before boarding up the windows when she caught them sneaking out to beg strangers for food.
The attention of the authorities was called to the home as neighbours noticed a horrible smell coming from the home of the woman.
When daughter Natalie became so malnourished she couldn’t stand, the woman stood above her and screamed “since you’re not going to get up, I’m not going to feed you”.
The 16-year-old girl later died from a cardiac arrest that was caused by alleged sever starvation and malnourishement.
Horrified cops in Des Monies, Iowa, found the teen dead on the bathroom floor wearing just a soiled adult nappy.
An autopsy revealed that she weighed just six stone at the time of death, and had no remaining body fat. Her heartbroken brother Jaden told how Nicole forced them to drink from the toilet bowl – and only let them leave the squalid room twice in the summer before Natalie died.
Police said the home reeked of human and animal waste and the furniture-less bedroom was soaked in urine.
Detective Chris Morgan, from the West Des Moines police department, said, in a statement, about the horrible sight they saw at the home of the woman:
“Many animals roamed freely, including well over a dozen kittens and cats.
“There were numerous kennels with dogs scattered inside the residence.”
Twisted Nicole was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday as the other children wept with relief.
Judge Karen Romano after handing over the sentence to the woman, said:
“The court cannot imagine what kind of mental trauma these children have suffered.”