A 16-year-old girl has allegedly been starved and tortured to death by her own parents.
According to authorities, Natalie Finn died from emaciation due to denial of critical care on October 24.
Her mother, 42-year-old Nicole Marie Finn of West Des Moines and father, 45-year-old Joseph Michael Finn II have both been charged with first-degree kidnapping, child endangerment causing serious injury and neglect of a dependent person.
Marie is being held in Polk County Jail on a $2.1 million cash bond, while Joseph Finn has a $1.5 million cash bond.
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The court has said that Natalie was killed ‘intentionally, willfully, deliberately, with premeditation and malice aforethought.’
The Finns are accused of secretly confining Natalie and two of her siblings, a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, inside their small home in West Des Moines.
The pair are also are accused of using ‘unreasonable force, torture or cruelty’ to cause serious injury to the three children.
The children were deprived of food, clothing, shelter, health care or supervision, which caused ‘substantial’ physical, mental and emotional harm, according to the complaints. In Natalie’s case, those actions caused her death, the complaint states.
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