Teenager ‘starved and tortured to death by her own parents’

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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.

DES MOINES --- A 16-year-old West Des Moines girl who died of starvation was tortured by her parents and deprived of food, clothing and health care, according to court documents released Friday. Natalie Finn died Oct. 24 from emaciation due to denial of critical care, according to the Polk County medical examiner's office. Her mother, 42-year-old Nicole Marie Finn of West Des Moines, and father, 45-year-old Joseph Michael Finn II of Urbandale, were charged Thursday in her death. Criminal complaints filed in Polk County allege Nicole Finn killed her daughter "intentionally, willfully, deliberately, with premeditation and malice aforethought." Nicole and Joseph Finn are accused of secretly confining Natalie and two of her siblings, a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, inside their small, brick home on 15th Street near the intersection of Mountain Avenue in West Des Moines. They are accused of using "unreasonable force, torture or cruelty" to cause serious injury to the three children.
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.’

DES MOINES --- A 16-year-old West Des Moines girl who died of starvation was tortured by her parents and deprived of food, clothing and health care, according to court documents released Friday. Natalie Finn died Oct. 24 from emaciation due to denial of critical care, according to the Polk County medical examiner's office. Her mother, 42-year-old Nicole Marie Finn of West Des Moines, and father, 45-year-old Joseph Michael Finn II of Urbandale, were charged Thursday in her death. Criminal complaints filed in Polk County allege Nicole Finn killed her daughter "intentionally, willfully, deliberately, with premeditation and malice aforethought." Nicole and Joseph Finn are accused of secretly confining Natalie and two of her siblings, a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, inside their small, brick home on 15th Street near the intersection of Mountain Avenue in West Des Moines. They are accused of using "unreasonable force, torture or cruelty" to cause serious injury to the three children.

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’.

DES MOINES --- A 16-year-old West Des Moines girl who died of starvation was tortured by her parents and deprived of food, clothing and health care, according to court documents released Friday. Natalie Finn died Oct. 24 from emaciation due to denial of critical care, according to the Polk County medical examiner's office. Her mother, 42-year-old Nicole Marie Finn of West Des Moines, and father, 45-year-old Joseph Michael Finn II of Urbandale, were charged Thursday in her death. Criminal complaints filed in Polk County allege Nicole Finn killed her daughter "intentionally, willfully, deliberately, with premeditation and malice aforethought." Nicole and Joseph Finn are accused of secretly confining Natalie and two of her siblings, a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, inside their small, brick home on 15th Street near the intersection of Mountain Avenue in West Des Moines. They are accused of using "unreasonable force, torture or cruelty" to cause serious injury to the three children.
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).

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