Evergreen Couple Charged Due To Daughter’s Malnourishment

6-year-old girl weighed just 25 pounds when taken to hospital

Denver, Colorado – An Evergreen couple have been charged with child abuse in connection to their 6-year-old daughter’s “long-term malnutrition.”

Jason Matthew Barton, 40, and Katherine Clark Barton, 36, face a felony charge, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, after their daughter was admitted to Children’s Hospital Colorado weighing 25 pounds, according to the Jefferson County district attorney’s office.

That weight — 25 pounds — is of a typical healthy 2-year-old child, prosecutors said.

The girl’s parents, according to an arrest affidavit, had locks on the refrigerator and pantry.

The couple claimed the child struggles with a form of autism, which impacts her eating habits, and that she may have a “gluten allergy,” the affidavit said.

The couple said the girl was having a hard time adjusting to Colorado since the family’s move from North Carolina three years ago, and to kindergarten. They removed her from kindergarten class before the school year was finished.

Concerns about the girl’s weight were reported to Jefferson County Human Services on June 1. The couple took the child to the hospital June 10, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation two days later.

The staff at Children’s likened the girl’s appearance “to that of concentration camp victims,” according to the affidavit, and medical workers could not determine any “psychological or medical” reasons why the girl was so severely underweight. The staff did determine that she is not autistic.

The Bartons told investigators they used locks at home because the child was “stealing” and “hoarding” food.

The child is now in custody of Jeffco Human Services. The Bartons are free on $25,000 bail. Their next court appearance is July 21. 

West Manheim Township Couple Sexually Abused Two Children

York County, Pennsylvania – A couple from West Manheim Township are accused of sexually abusing two children under the age of 13 during a two-year period.

Robert Greiner, 27, was charged on Saturday with conspiracy to commit rape and related offenses. His wife, Holly Greiner, 29, faces one count of rape of a child and related charges. Both were arraigned that night, and Robert Greiner remains in York County Prison on $75,000 bail.

Holly Greiner, who’s out on $50,000 bail, declined to be interviewed when reached on Sunday.

West Manheim Township police said their arrests came after an investigation into child abuse on Fuhrman Mill Road near Oakwood Drive.

During an interview with police at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Holly Greiner admitted that she and her husband sexually abused the children during a period of several years, according to court documents. On one occasion, she said her husband texted her photo – which was reportedly deleted – of a child performing oral sex on him, the documents state.

It is unclear when the couple is due back in court.