A Dauphin County couple is going to prison for the neglect and abuse of three children who were starved and locked in bedrooms with no heat.
Joshua Weyant, 35, of Halifax, was sentenced Monday in Dauphin County Court to 19.5 to 39.5 years in prison. Brandi Weyant, 39, was sentenced to 18.75 to 37.5 years.
The couple was arrested in December 2016 after police said they assaulted the children and starved them for long periods of time.
Police said the children – ages 4, 5 and 6 – were extremely underweight and could no longer keep down food. All three had dirt, animal hair, urine, and feces on their clothing and encrusted into their skin.
A doctor who examined the children said the 6-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl would have died from the abuse and neglect within days if their conditions had remained unchecked.
The children said they were locked in their bedrooms at night and would have to urinate on themselves or on the floor because no one would answer their pleas to use the bathroom.
The couple pleaded guilty in February to charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, and child endangerment.