A teenager died after her parents allegedly starved and tortured her to death.
Authorities said Natalie Finn, 16, died from emaciation due to denial of critical care on October 24.
Her parents Joseph Michael Finn II, 42, and Nicole Marie Finn, also 42, have been hit with a number of charges in relation to her death, including causing serious injury and neglect of a dependent person.
Nicole Finn was also charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.
The family lived in West Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, and court documents alleged Nicole Finn killed Natalie ‘intentionally, willfully, deliberately, with premeditation and malice aforethought.’
The Finns also allegedly locked their daughter, her 15-year-old brother and 14-year-old sister in the house.
The report claimed all of the children had been physically, emotionally and mentally damaged as a result of being deprived of a number of things, including food and health care.
It added the parents used ‘unreasonable force, torture or cruelty’.
A neighbour was said to have contacted the police five months ago after becoming concerned for the children after Natalie asked for food to feed them.
They also said the teenager wore the same clothes and gave off a strong smell.
Police opened an investigation after Natalie suffered a cardiac arrest, and died later in hospital.
Neighbours described Natalie as sweet and outgoing but said they did not interact much with the family. Natalie was not enrolled in a school.
Nicole Finn is being held on a on a $2.1 million (£1.67m) cash bond at Polk County Jail and Joseph Michael Finn is being held for $1.5m (£1.2m).