Disturbing details have emerged in the case of a man and woman who physically abused a 14-year-old boy via a series of bizarre punishments.
Buford Whisenant and Jennifer Nash, from Wichita Falls in the US, forced the boy to eat only ramen noodles and beat him if he stopped staring at a line of duct tape in the wall.
The relationship between the adults and the 14-year-old has not been disclosed.
The incidents occurred in Texas in 2016, but new details have emerged after Whisenant was released from jail and then violated his probation for alleged use of methamphetamine and marijuana.
He has since been sent back to jail, according to Wichita County Sheriff’s Office.
Cans of peas
The pair made the child stand up and stare at a line of duct tape stuck to the wall, repeatedly raising his arms up and down while holding cans of peas.
He was also forced to do squats and push-ups.
If he looked away from the line or stopped doing the physical activities, he was shot with airsoft pellets or hit with a soap bar inside a pillowcase.
Both Whisenant and Nash were charged with injury to a child and made plea deals in 2019 – Whisenant for three years of probation and Nash for two.
The pair lived together after being released from jail, but Nash died in May last year.
The child abuse came to light when school staff noticed the boy’s injuries, local news outlet KFDX reports.
When questioned, the pair admitted to shooting pellets at the boy to “discipline” him.
Prosecutors are now demanding that Whisenant be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison.