Parents to face charges for locking daughter in bedroom for mont - CBS46 News

Parents to face charges for locking daughter in bedroom for months

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(Source: Pickens County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Pickens County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies in Pickens County spent 20 hours searching for an 18-year-old who fled her home only to discover her parents had been abusing the teenager.

Neil and Janet Farell notified authorities on June 23 that their daughter was no where to be found.Their daughter, Olivia,  was said to be a possible endangered person ans was seen last walking into the woods before they were unable to locate her.

The parents also stated their child was known to have a variety of behavioral issues, and that they were granted active adult guardianship. 

Deputies searched the couple's gated community and surrounding areas with no success. However, while searching the home, deputies came across video recording equipment inside the daughter's room, a lock preventing her from leaving the room and discovered a lack of personal belongings in the bedroom.

Not long after searching the home, deputies received a call that a female fitting Olivia's description was located 15 miles away in the city of Nelson.

Deputies say she had walked throughout the night. She was taken in, evaluated and provided food and clothing.

Adult Protective Services placed Olivia in a safe environment where she will begin receiving aid and assistance.

Detailing her abuse

Deputies say Olivia was often locked in her bedroom sometimes for days or even months at a time. During her solitary confinement, she was provided meals and limited bathroom breaks, most often she was provided a bucket as a makeshift toilet.

Her parents used video and audio recording equipment to monitor their daughter's activity day and night while locked in her bedroom.

Another form of punishment used was the beating of the bottom of Olivia's feet. Deputies say this was done to prevent visible bruising.

There was no insight in to what actions provoked the vicious couple to lock their child in her bedroom like a prisoner, nor was it clear how long such punishments had been going on.

Facing the charges

Neil and Janet are both charged with exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, false imprisonment, and two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree.

A bond hearing has been scheduled for June 28.

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