DUNDEE, Fla. – Deputies in Florida say they are still trying to come to terms with a horrific case of suspected child abuse.
Michael Hickin says he was outside of his home when he heard a girl crying for help.
“She said, ‘Can you help me?’ Over and over, ‘Can you help me?’ I thought it was a joke at first,” Hickin said.
Hickin told WFLA that the girl told him that she was caught in the brush and had a broken shoulder.
Doctors soon learned the 17-year-old girl was suffering from a stab wound, a broken shoulder, infected sores and malnutrition.
The girl told investigators that she was not allowed to use a restroom, which led to her soiling herself. She also said she hadn’t been allowed to bathe in months.
The victim also alleges that she was beaten for months with a metal pipe, stabbed with a pocketknife and kicked with metal-studded boots.
“It has shaken our most experienced detectives to the soul,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Authorities arrested 33-year-old Melissa Peters and 45-year-old Kris Peters for child abuse.