Woman sentenced to 5 years for subjecting teen to ‘house of torture,’ neglect

Woman sentenced to 5 years for subjecting teen to ‘house of torture,’ neglect
Sherry Keen, Wesley A. Keen (Image: Police photos)

[Ed. – Another candidate for parent of the year]

A woman has been sentenced to 15 years in jail with all of it suspended after five years in a child abuse case that investigators called ‘house of torture.’

Wesley A. Keen pleaded guilty in September to charges that included assault of a family member, malicious bodily injury, abuse/neglect of a child causing serious injury, abduction by force by depriving of liberty, and malicious wounding.

His wife, Sherry Keen, was convicted of felony child abuse and neglect and felony abduction.

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An arrest warrant shows Wesley and Sherry refused to provide the necessary care to a child, who is one of their family members.

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The child was removed from the home when investigators noticed evidence of possible child abuse.

Bedford County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers said the teen was padlocked in a room. The teen would be left in the room for the majority of the day and night without water, food, or a bathroom.

Ayers said the teen weighed only 70 pounds.

Investigators also said the teen was beaten with a belt buckle by Wesley.

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