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Sarasota parents starved and beat children, according to police

Detectives in Sarasota arrested a father and mother for not feeding their children and beating them.

According to police, Kimberly Haygood, 27 and Anthony Jones, 30, of Sarasota are both charged with felony child abuse and felony child neglect.

Acting on a call from the Department of Children and Families, Sarasota Police went to the couple's home on Thursday.

They found a 6-year-old boy and a set of twins, a 4-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl -- malnourished and dehydrated. 

The 4-year-old boy weighed only 22 pounds when he was checked into All Children’s Hospital. The 4-year-old girl only weighed 26 pounds. 

Investigators also discovered multiple markings and scars constant with injuries from a belt on two of the children.

"The sight of the 4-year-old boy took my breath away. My description of him when I saw him was that he looked like a skeleton. His body was skin and bones. He has no hair because of lack of nutrients. He has a skin rash and marks from the lack of nutrients. He is non-verbal and cannot talk," said Detective Megan Buck.

Haygood is being held on a $50,000 bond with no contact with the victims and no contact with Jones. Jones is being held on a $60,000 bond with no contact with victims or minors. 

Additional charges for both Haygood and Jones are pending.

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