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.


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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