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Court papers: Couple forced 6-year-old to drink blended hot dog shakes or starve

Christopher Sefton

Christopher Sefton

KING COUNTY — Police arrested an Auburn couple accused of starving and beating their 6-year-old son — feeding him only shakes of blended food for breakfast and dinner.

According to court documents, Christopher Sefton and his fiance Lori Lloyd are facing criminal charges after a CPS worker at Chinook Elementary noticed bruises on Sefton’s son.

Court papers say the boy told police his parents would use food as discipline and wouldn’t feed him for days at a time.

When they did feed him, Sefton and Lloyd admitted to only giving the child shakes of blended bread, carrots, water hot dogs and vegetable oil, documents say. One in the morning and one at night, and if he didn’t eat the meal he would starve.

“If I’d known I would have done something,” said neighbor Janet Theissen. “He never acted scared of the dad, and I don’t know what else to say. This is just so disappointing — very disappointing.”

Charging papers show Child Protective Services launched an investigation in January after school officials said the boy would “steal food from other children and dig through trash looking for food.”

Prosecutors believe the boy had been starved and beaten since October.

Investigators believe they kept the boy out of school to hide the abuse.

In documents, a medical exam showed “multiple bruises and lesions consistent with possible burns.” The boy’s “rib cage was flared out and the skin around his abdomen was thinning.”

Sefton and Lloyd will be arraigned on April 14th. They face 2nd degree criminal mistreatment charges. Sefton also faces a 2nd degree assault charge.

11 comments

    • The World is Ending

      We can't do that the ACLU would be all over it saying it was cruel and unusual punishment. In fact they would probably equate it to tourtière .

  • asdf

    nope hang these people by their necks to die in front of every person on live tv people should have to see what this type of thing gets you YOU PEOPLE DESERVE TO DIE BOTH OF YOU keeping a child from eating….sick peices of shit

    • Bobby

      Having two sons (10, 12) I couldn't imagine looking at them and not giving them EVERYTHING they need to succeed and thrive. Yes hang these poor excuses for human beings.

  • This is sad

    I have personally seen this family and witnessed this first hand the parents were and the children were watching….I could hear the boy say he was hungry and parents saying you should have ate your dinner the other day! Sad they deserve to die in prison and I would starve them like they did the kids, the mom could spare a few hundred pounds!

  • Joe

    If he has behavior problems, he's an apple the fell close to the tree, his parents are idiots, seems to me my kid never needed to be hit, yelled at or punished. Simple good treatment works, so if you put a monkey in a cage it will act like a caged animal.

  • Tom

    We need to throw these people in a warm comfy cell for 10-15 years where they get warm food, medical, dental, a gym membership and a job!!! These animals deserve to be thrown in a place where they get around the clock security! This will show them!!

  • ᙓᔕᙅO

    Don't do anything to the parents, just jail them………………… In general population that is.
    I'm sure the inmates will behave, trust me, just lock the door behind them and walk away.
    Nevermind the screams.

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