Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Child abuse survivor dies ten years after custodial dad, step convicted of starving him while chained to a bed (Lebanon, Tennessee)

UNNAMED DAD must have had full custody in order to starve a 15-year-old boy down to 50 pounds. Not explained (of course!) what happened to the mother or how Daddy ended up with full control.

Child abuse survivor Josh Osborne, whose ordeal inspired a stronger Tenn. law, dies at age 24

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS July 02, 2014 - 12:40 pm EDT

LEBANON, Tennessee — Josh Osborne, a child abuse survivor who inspired a stronger Tennessee law, has died at age 24.

WTVF-TV reports ( ) that Osborne was surrounded by friends and family when he died Tuesday night. He had been battling a virus in what was an ongoing series of health problems.

Authorities in 2004 found Osborne, then 15, in his Lebanon home where he had been starved and chained to a bed. He weighed only 50 pounds. Osborne's father and stepmother were later sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of attempted aggravated child neglect.

In 2008, then-Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the "Josh Osborne Law," which added starvation and dehydration to the list of child abuse charges.