Terre Haute, IN (WTWO/CNN) - An Indiana teen's decision to escape his foster parents' home leads to a shocking discovery.
Terre Haute police officers say the 17-year-old jumped out of a second story window after his foster parents locked him and his siblings up and refused to feed them. He was later discovered wandering along a highway and taken to the hospital.
When police began investigating, they say they found the children had been beaten and duck taped to their beds.
Officers say the kids were also malnourished.
"I've never seen what's described by these children, and injuries that were sustained in the conditions that they were living in, I've never seen anything this bad. It's one of the worst probably ever, if not the worst I've ever seen," said Asst. Chief Shawn Keen.
The children's foster parents are facing charges of neglect and criminal confinement. They're expected to appear in court tomorrow.
As for the children, they're now in the custody of the Department of Child Services.