LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has indicted four people accused of beating and starving two teenage boys and torturing them with a battery charger.
The boys' father, stepmother, stepbrother and a man who lived with the family were indicted on aggravated assault charges Tuesday. Each was being held Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Prosecutors allege that the boys, ages 15 and 16, also were forced to sleep in a closet and were fed habanero peppers as punishment. The case came to the attention of public officials after one of the boys was found begging for food at a convenience store in September.