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Boy found starving, living in barn in rural Lincoln County, Okla.

Four people have been arrested after a 15-year-old was found starving and living in a barn in rural Lincoln County. (Pottawatomie County Jail)

MEEKER, Okla. (KOKH) - Four people are behind bars after a 15-year-old was found starving and sleeping in a barn in rural Lincoln County.

According to the Lincoln County District Attorney's office the boy was found on July 18 after a concerned passerby called police to report something wasn't right at the rural home approximately 3 miles north and 4 miles east of Meeker.

At the home, authorities found the boy to be suffering from severe malnutrition and close to death. First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter says the boy had a large wound on his head, shotgun pellets in one of his legs and several broken bones.

The boy's grandfather, Charlie Jones, says he had a feeling it was his grandson when he first heard of the case.

"Something just told me in the back of my mind, it's my grandson," he said.

A search warrant of the home on the residence found plenty of food and everyone living in the home were fed. Livestock on the farm were also well-fed. The boy was reportedly eating twigs and grass for food.

A neighbor recalls seeing the boy roaming the property but says there was never any indication he was being abused. He says the whole community is in shock.

"It's just real eye-opening, you know, that's it's this close to home," said Zach Guy. "You never imagine it. You see it on TV, but you're like, 'oh yeah, that's not going to be near me,' and then you know it's right there next to you."

The boy's father, Jimmy Jones Sr., stepmother Amy Jones, and two older brothers, Jonathan Plank and Tyler Joe Adkins, have been arrested on child neglect complaints. Jimmy Jones also faces a complaint of child abuse by injury. A 4-year-old was taken from the home by DHS but does not appear to have been abused. The teen is being treated at OU Children's hospital. He is expected to be hospitalized for some time.


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