ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. — An Onslow County husband and wife are in custody for allegedly starving and injuring their foster children, WCTI reports.
Jonathan Earl Savage, 29, and Brandi Michelle Savage, 29, both face multiple child abuse charges.
According to arrest warrants, the couple would give their foster children — a 4-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy — only one meal per day, causing them to require hospitalization.
The alleged abuse happened from Nov. 1, 2013 to Aug. 15, 2014.
Jonathan Savage is also accused of “deliberately” holding his foster son underwater in the suspect’s above-ground pool to teach the child to swim. The incident caused the boy to have seizures.
In addition, Jonathan Savage caused “non-accidental bruises” to his foster son’s genitals during potty training between June 15 and Aug. 15
Brandi Savage is accused of causing bruises on her foster daughter’s face.
Jonathan Salvage is charged with three felony counts of negligent child abuse causing serious bodily injury and one count of misdemeanor child abuse. Brandi Savage is charged with two felony counts of negligent child abuse causing serious bodily injury and one count of misdemeanor child abuse.
Jonathan Savage was taken into custody under a $100,000 bond while his wife was being held under a $75,000 bond.
The two made their first court appearance on Monday.