6-Year-Old Twins Nearly Starve to Death After Being Locked In Their Room for Years

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padlockA mother and father in Pennsylvania are charged with locking their 6-year-old twins in their room and starving them for years in yet another case that makes you wonder why some people even choose to become parents. One of the twins escaped earlier this year and was found wandering in his neighborhood by a Good Samaritan, weighing just 30 pounds and covered in bruises.

The discovery chills me to the bone. But almost as chilling is how easy courts are going on the children's parents ... or at least one of them.

Their mother, Roxanne Taylor, faces several charges, including aggravated assault and child endangerment. She still has her day in court, but the boys' father, Edward Bucholz, has already been convicted. He pleaded guilty last month, and reports indicate he faces just two to four years in prison.

That's it.

Four years.

Less time than those kids have been on the planet. Less time, it seems, than those children have been treated like prisoners, locked away in a filthy bedroom with a potty chair, with a window that opened onto a 7-foot drop to the ground.

In four years, neighbors of Taylor and Bucholz say they've only seen those kids two times. When they were rescued, the little boys were said to be covered in feces and sporting stomachs distended like children who'd been starved for a significant amount of time. Although they're 6 years old, the starving boys were functioning on just a 2-year-old's level.

They've had at least four years of childhood stolen from them, and their father isn't even facing more time in prison for making it happen?

The eye for an eye code isn't exactly practical in America, but it's cases like this that force you to question whether we're hard enough on our criminals. Here two kids were brought close to death by a person supposed to love them, their childhoods stolen, and the perpetrator could spend less time in jail than they did locked in their bedrooms.

What do you think would be an appropriate punishment here?

 

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child abuse, crime

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jalaz77 jalaz77

Do people not realize that you don't have to parent. Those boys could of had a better life if the parents would of just said "I can't do this". I hope their lives will improve. I hope they stay together. Punishment should be an automatic sterilization and 10yrs in prison.

ollie... olliespunkma

Lock them away & starve th for a couple days & them see how much they bitch thiis was theses childrens lives for years steralization is a must should get at least 20 years how is this not akin to murder (some killeres get less)

miche... micheledo

I think those who prey on the weak, helpless, and children should face some of the stiffest penalties. :(

JS0512 JS0512

An appropriate punishment? Death. People like this do not deserve to live. A four year sentence is a joke and an absolute slap in the face to those poor boys.

Caera Caera

"One of the twins escaped earlier this year and was found wandering in his neighborhood by a Good Samaritan, weighing just 30 pounds and covered in bruises."


I'm sorry...who was weighing just 30 pounds and covered in bruises? I really wanted to read this article, but I just can't get past the 5th grade sentence structure.


Seriously, Jeanne. Hire a proofreader. Or fire the one you have now and get someone who passed middle school, at least.


lovem... lovemy2sons25

They should be locked in a jail cell and starved.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

The sad thing is in those 2-4 years he will be fed 3 meals a day

Kent Martin

PUT THE PARENTS IN A LOCKED ROOM AND STARVE THEM TO DEATH!

acrog... acrogodess

Can we say the "parents" should be drawn and quartered? That is despicable what they did to those boys!

LoinND LoinND

6 years of the same exact punishment - beat them, give them barely enough food to survive and never let them see the light of day, never let them have contact with anyone but themselves -  those 2 freaks would kill each other within a month and there would be no cost to the taxpayers - in 6 years they body would deteriorate enough to be put in a gallon bag and thrown away - those people are not parents and seem to be barely human... treat them like it!

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