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Terre Haute Foster Parents Arrested

Last updated on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

(TERRE HAUTE) - Five Terre Haute children spent the holiday weekend in the custody of the Department of Child Services, after their parents were arrested.

Police say that a boy was picked up on Friday by a motorist and taken to Union Hospital after he was seen walking on U.S. 41 with out shoes.

The 17-year old had jumped out of the second story window of his home after his foster parents locked him and his siblings in their room and refused them thanksgiving dinner.

Upon further investigation authorities say that the children living in the home had been beaten, ducked taped to their beds and were malnourished.

Police arrested both parents, Larry and Nikki Russell.

They're being charged with three counts of neglect of a dependent and three counts criminal confinement.

"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 THPD Asst. Chief Shawn Keen

Nikki and Larry Russell are set to appear in court on Wednesday.

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