Friday, February 7, 2014

Custodial dad accused of starving 12-year-old son could take plea deal (Titusville, Florida)

We still have yet to see any explanation as to how dad MICHAEL MARSHALL got custody of this boy.

Father accused of starving son could take plea deal

Posted: Feb 07, 2014 7:29 AM EST
Updated: Feb 07, 2014 7:38 AM EST

By Melissa Mahadeo, Reporter -

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The father of a 12-year-old boy who was found malnourished could accept a plea deal Friday for child abuse charges.

Michael Marshall and his girlfriend, Sharon Glass, were both arrested in March of 2012 after Titusville officials received a tip the then 12-year-old boy weighed only 40lbs and stood just 4'4.

According to the Mayo clinic, an average 12-year-old boy weighs 75lbs to 100lbs and is about 5'0.

The boy told jurors when he was punished, he was locked in a bathroom for days, if not weeks, at a time.

Pictures reveal the bathroom window was boarded up and the doorknob lock was reversed.

Desperate for food, the boy told jurors he ate toothpaste to stay alive.

In prior testimony, he said the parents gave him a stocking filled with coal for Christmas.

Both Glass and Marshall were charged with eight felony counts of child abuse.

Glass has already been convicted on all 8 counts of abuse and faces up to 140 years in prison.