8-Year-Old Boy Size Of Toddler Found Starved by Adopted Parents Who Locked Him in Bathroom

January 27, 2018
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Aidric was adopted at the age of 2 years old. Seven years later, his parents faced criminal charges for negligent child abuse.

Instead of loving and caring for Aidric, his adopted family starved and beat him.

When police finally intervened, the 8-year-old was just 32 pounds.

He was extremely malnourished and was the size of a toddler. His teeth were in ruin, and a dentist had to remove several of them.

“I can’t fathom it. I can’t fathom doing this to a child,” said Shannon Foster.

Shannon and her husband Jimmie adopted the young boy after police removed him from his home and arrested his former parents.

“It’s very horrifying. It tests my Christianity for sure,” Jimmie Foster said.

When the Fosters adopted the now 9-year-old, they renamed him Camron — helping to put his disturbing past behind him. “Only sometimes they’d feed me,” Camron said of his former parents.

Through lots of therapy and counseling, Camron is slowly coming to terms with the abuse he suffered. His first adoptive parents would lock him in a room and refuse to feed him for days.

“He’s one of those kids where you say, ‘I’ll take him in a heartbeat,’” Shannon said. Now, Camron is part of a loving family for the first time in his short life.
“I sent a picture to my sister, the very first time he moved in, and I said, ‘here’s the kid we adopted,’ and she didn’t know anything about the back-story,” Jimmie told WOWT 6 News. “I was just letting her know, and she said, ‘Oh, you adopted a 2-year-old. That’s got to be nice.’”

When Camron first came to the Fosters, Jimmie said that all the ever wanted to eat was chicken. “Chicken, chicken… then we find out one of the things they did for punishment was that they would buy chicken, eat it, and give him the bones,” Jimmie recalled.

Food was such a luxury to him, and Camron was so malnourished, that he had to take second grade over again when he was too hungry the first time around to pay attention. He’d also been bruised and scratched, and his skin told the tale of abuse which his parents had inflicted.

Both of Camron’s former parents, Megan Finlan and Stephen Bauer, were found guilty on their charges and they each face the possibility of 25 years in jail.

Although Camron faced devastating circumstances early in his life, he’s now able to grow up in a loving, supportive family.

Jimmie and Shannon are working every day to make sure that Camron knows he’s loved.

“You know, when someone loves you. They love you. They don’t just love you some of the time,” Jimmie said.“They don’t just love you when you’re doing good things. They love you all of the time. That’s what families are supposed to do.”

It seems that Camron has been blessed to find a caring, stable, wonderful home.

His new parents clearly love and care for him, and he’ll never have to wonder if he’ll be hungry or thirsty again.

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