Teen Boy Starved & Tortured for Years Weighed Just 40 Pounds When Rescued

Michael Marshall and Sharon Glass
Michael Marshall and Sharon Glass

A teenager who showed up on the stand this week to testify against his father's girlfriend in a child abuse case is lucky to be alive. Two years ago, Florida cops found the then 12-year-old boy weighing just 40 pounds. The boy had spent nearly two years of his life starving and being locked in a closet or tied to his bed.

A Florida jury is now trying to figure out what to do with Sharon Glass, the father's girlfriend, who faces multiple felony charges, including aggravated child abuse. I don't envy them.

According to police, the abuses this poor boy, now age 14, went through began in 2010 and went straight through 2012 when cops rescued him based on a tip from a family friend.

During that time, the boy would spend days at a time either tied to his bed or locked in a closet. He would eat toothpaste to stave off hunger. One Christmas he reportedly was allowed out of his closet only to watch the other kids in the family open gifts, while he was given only coal and then returned to his closet "home."

The alleged tortures continue, all of them horrifying. Police reported that when they found the 12-year-old, he was so thin that he looked like a skeleton.

Glass and the boy's father, Michael Marshall, are both facing charges (they are being tried separately).

But what do you do with people like this? If they did even part of what they're accused of, how can you come up with a punishment that fits the crime?

The fact is, we don't treat criminals in our justice system this badly. Prison may not be a picnic, but you still get three hots and a cot. You have rights. You have DIGNITY.

Granted we want our prisoners to have some rights because they are still human beings, and we are showing ourselves to be the bigger people by affording them human treatment. But with cases like this, I have to say it's hard to say, sure, let's throw them in jail; that'll teach them. Will it? Is giving them better than they gave really PUNISHMENT?

I know I'll be watching this case closely to see what the judge and jury decide ... but I don't envy them.

What do you think the punishment should be here? Is there any way to truly make up for what was done to this child?


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the4m... the4mutts

I would really like to know what causes these "parents" to target just ONE of their children for abuse. Of course I am glad the boy was rescued, and glad the others didnt suffer the same abuse. But you hear so many stories these days, of people who have multiple children, but target just one. Usually the youngest or oldest.

Mental health issues are no excuse for this behavior. Period. No matter what the state of your mental health is, there is nothing worse than abusing an innocent child.

But that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to know WHY. If we could figure out what causes these actions, other than being evil assholes, maybe there could be a way to prevent it

MamaY... MamaYankee

This is horrible. I am glad he was rescued. As got the writer of this piece, I hate to be "that girl", but this is very poorly written.

adamat34 adamat34

Can we please please start torturing and killing these people!!??!! This child is emotionally destroyed and they get to go to camp prison....fuck that! Im so sick to my stomach right now Id be happy to beat the living hell out.of these two!!

fave82 fave82

I agree with adamat... I'm NOT the bigger person, and I have no need to feel like the bigger person. I'm all about eye for an eye.

Stell... StellarsMommy

This is absolutely disgusting! I agree with fave82. An eye for an eye would totally apply in cases like these!

MamaYankee, if you are going to comment on how a person writes; you should probably proofread your own writing.

nonmember avatar Laura K

Honestly why waste tax dollars feeding these people? Just kill them! They are going to hell anyways, better sooner than later.

Crazy... CrazyDaisy123

why not give them the same treatment they gave to the boy?  Or better yet, take them blind folded to a desolate desert, and either chain them to a rock or just leave them with NOTHING!

Celia Lane

The punishment should be death, ASAP, If u treat a child like that you give up the right to be treated like a human and you give up all right to live.

nonmember avatar Rochelle

Take them out back n shoot them. I am not the bigger person.

Melinda Carlile

@the4mutts, unfortunately I have heard that is very common in child buse cases such as this. The parent/parents (or whoever is inflicting the abuse--it has sometimes been grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) will choose one child to receive the brunt of their abuse and expect the rest of the children to follow along and sometimes even participate in the abuse of the one child. I don't understand what motivates ANYONE to treat a child like this or why the biological parent ALLOWS their partner to treat their child like this. There has to be a special place in hell for these monsters, and unfortunately we hear about these types of confinement and abuse cases more and more these days. So very sad.

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