Parents who forced emaciated 6-year-old to live on hot dog smoothies sentenced to 20 years

Parents who forced emaciated 6-year-old to live on hot dog smoothies sentenced to 20 years
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A Washington State couple who abused a young boy, in part, by forcing him to live on a bizarre hot dog smoothie have been handed lengthy prison sentences.

Prosecutors argued in court that Christopher Sefton and Lori Lloyd forced Sefton’s 6-year-old son to live on a blended cocktail of hot dogs and cooking oil while physically abusing him and forcing him to work out and restricting his sleep, according to KOMO.

The boy, identified only as K., was reportedly emaciated and feeding himself out of school trash cans when officials finally came to his aid.

“They were using food to torture him,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson told Seattlepi.com. “It has the added benefit of trying to kill him, but it was a very effective form of torture.”

In addition to starvation, prosecutors said the boy was forced to do pushups while wearing a backpack filled wiht canned food and was barred from sleeping.

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