10-year-old boy: My adoptive parents spanked me until I bled, kept me away from food
SANFORD – A 10-year-old boy today told jurors that the Altamonte Springs couple that adopted him spanked him bare bottomed until he bled then would spank him again before those wounds healed, leaving scars. Dwayne and Pamela Hardy also punished the boy time and again by not giving him meals, the child said. By the time child welfare investigators got involved, the boy and his younger sister, also adopted, were gaunt, had permanent scars on their bottoms and had hands that were swollen and marked from blows from a wooden spoon, according to testimony.
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