Parents force daughter to live in woods after she eats snack without permission

A couple have been arrested after allegedly forcing their 14-year-old daughter to live in the woods as a cruel punishment

Parents force daughter to live in woods after she eats snack without permission

by Kayleigh Dray |
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According to 22 News, James Driggers and his wife, Crystal, lost their tempers when their 14-year-old daughter ate a Pop Tart without permission.

In an attempt to punish her for her behaviour, the parents ordered the child to set up a tent in the woods over a quarter of a mile from her home.

She was provided with only a roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, a whistle, and a watch.

Police said that the girl was told by her parents to meet "someone" at a fence on the family's property at specific times during the day if she wanted to receive any food.

The 14-year-old was expected to stay away from her home for a week, and was left to fend for herself throughout several severe thunderstorms that hit the town on Thursday night.

She was found by local authorities after two days.

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Her parents have, meanwhile, been arrested on charges of child neglect.

Police spokesman Braden Bunch told NBC News: "We feel very confident that the parents were overstepping their bounds, from trying to correct a child's behaviour to true criminal punishment."

The family has five other children who have currently been placed in the custody of their grandparents.

The 14-year-old girl is currently with the South Carolina Department of Social Services, according to authorities.

Holding image obtained via Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

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