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Iowa teen was tortured and starved to death by parents: Police

December 11, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Iowa teen was tortured and starved to death by parents: Police

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A 16-year-old Iowa teen starved to death after her parents reportedly tortured her and deprived of clothing, food, and health care.

Natalie Finn died from emaciation on October 24th due to denial of critical care, the Polk County medical examiner’s office revealed.

Her mother, 42-year-old Nicole Marie Finn, and father, Michael Finn II, 45, have been charged for their roles in her death.

Both are also facing charges of neglect of a dependent person, child endangerment causing serious injury, and first-degree kidnapping. Nicole Finn was also charged with child endangerment leading to death and first-degree murder.

Natalie Finn, 16, suffered cardiac arrest in October caused by emaciation due to denial of critical care

She is currently in custody in Polk County Jail on a $2.1 million bond. Joseph Finn has a $1.5 million bond, WLBZ2 reported.

Court documents indicated that Nicole Finn murdered her the teenager “intentionally, willfully, deliberately, with premeditation and malice aforethought.”

The couple is believed to have secretly confined Natalie and her two siblings, a 14-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy, inside their small house in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Nicole Finn was charged with one count of first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of child endangerment resulting in death, three counts of child endangerment causing serious injury and three counts of neglect of a dependent person

The two are also facing accusations that they used “unreasonable force, torture or cruelty” to cause severe pain to the three children.

The children were denied food, health care, supervision, and clothing, which led to “substantial” emotional, physical, and mental harm. In Natalie’s situation, those actions precipitated her death, the criminal complaint indicated.

Authorities started to investigate the family after emergency services were contacted when Natalie went into cardiac arrest. She later died at a nearby hospital.

Joseph Finn was charged with three counts of first-degree kidnapping, three counts of child endangerment causing serious injury and three counts of neglect of a dependent person

WBLZ reported that Natalie was a student at Walnut Creek Campus school, but she was not enrolled for this academic year.

Concerns had been previously been communicated regarding Natalie’s well-being to the West Des Moines Police Department five months prior after a neighbor told law enforcement how the girl always wore the same clothes and smelled.

She would also beg for food from the neighbor for her siblings and herself.

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