Adoptive parents who starved child sentenced to 5-10 years in jail

Posted at 12:05 PM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-16 16:51:07-04

Megan Finlan and Stephen Bauer, adoptive parents who admitted to withholding food from an 8-year-old boy as punishment, were sentenced to 5-10 years in jail after pleading no contest to five counts of negligent child abuse in July. 

The boy, Camron, weighed as little as 32 pounds at age 8 and he in November of 2015, staff at Florence Elementary reported that he was underweight. The boy would also eat food out of the trash at school. 

"She (Finlan) indicated she didn't think they did so for more than three days at a time and when she would then try to feed him a lot of food to compensate he would throw up as a result.  She stated during her interview that she knew it had gone too far,” Douglas County Deputy Prosecutor Molly Keane told the judge.

Since finding new adoptive parents the boy has grown close to a foot and has gained a significant amount of weight. 

His new adoptive parents, Shannon and Jimmie Foster, said Camron is now doing great.