Magistrates from Des Moines, Iowa recently charged Nicole Marie Finn and Joseph Michael Finn II, a couple from Polk County, with first-degree child abduction, neglect of a dependent person, endangerment leading to severe injury, child endangerment causing death and first-degree murder after their 16-years old daughter died of malnutrition.
In late October, an ambulance was dispatched to the couple’s home in Des Moines, after one of them stated on the phone that their 16-years old daughter who was feeling ill. The paramedics who responded to the call found a teenage girl in cardiac arrest.
The girl was taken to the local hospital, where the doctors struggled to resuscitate her, but to no avail. Natalie Finn died at the hospital. Upon examining the body, the doctors discovered that the teenage girl suffered from malnutrition and immediately alerted the local authorities.
The law enforcement authorities later interviewed the couple, some of their neighbors, and a couple of Nicole’s classmates. According to their findings, Nicole shared the same roof with two other children, a 15-years old boy and a 14-years old girl, both of them being on them listed as suffering from physical and mental disabilities.
However, upon further investigations, the law enforcement officers discovered the real reason why the teen died at the hospital. It would seem like the couple was actively torturing the teen and her siblings on a daily basis.
Furthermore, the children were physical aggressed, and they were refused basic conditions like food, water, and medical care. One of the couple’s neighbors declared to the police that approximately five months ago, the teen subjected to torture, knocked on her door asking for food and water.
Even Nicole’s classmates have declared that the teen would ask them for food during recess and that she was wearing the same clothes each day. The couple’s neighbor declared that the teen also had a strong body odor, which would indicate that she was denied access to running water.
The authorities declared that this was not a wanton act that may pass as child abuse, but something deliberated, calculated, planned to the last details. The children were ‘educated’ using an unnecessary amount of force, and that the girl’s appalling condition proved that the children were frequently subjected to physical torture.
A magistrate placed a bond of $2.1 million for Nicole Marie Finn, who is also charged with first-degree murder and endangerment leading to death, and a bond of $1.5 million for the woman’s husband.
Image source: Pixabay