Victim of alleged starvation said he ate toothpaste - FOX 35 News Orlando

Victim of alleged starvation said he ate toothpaste to satisfy hunger

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TITUSVILLE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A juror in the child abuse trial of 49-year-old Sharon Glass wiped away tears as the 14-year-old victim explained how he would eat toothpaste when he was allegedly locked inside the family bathroom for days without food as punishment.

"I would put it on my teeth, and I would eat it," said the victim.   "Why would you eat the toothpaste?" asked the prosecutor.  "Because, I thought it would somewhat satisfy my hunger."

In March of 2012, Titusville police responded the home of Michael Marshall and Sharon Glass to investigate a tip about a 12-year-old boy being abused by his caregivers. 

Police say they found the emaciated victim locked in a bathroom, as well as evidence that he was tied to the bed at times as punishment.

Investigators say when they found the boy, he weighed a mere 40 pounds, and stood 4 feet, 4 inches tall.

Glass is charged with eight felony counts of child abuse and child neglect, and faces a maximum of 140 years in prison if found guilty on all charges.

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