Dressed in yellow prison jumpsuits and with their hands and ankles shackled, the Dauphin County couple charged with trying to starve their three children to death emerged out of a district court office after having waived their preliminary hearing on Monday.
Dauphin County District Judge Gregory Johnson sent the case against Joshua Ross Weyant, 33, and Brandi Jene Weyant, 38, of Halifax Township, to trial. The two will have their first court appearance in May. They also waived their arraignment hearing, which was scheduled for April.
The parents previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, conspiracy, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of children.
The children were covered in bruises and abrasions when they were discovered and they were living in filth in a locked room.
They had lice and were covered in animal hair along with human urine and feces.
At the time, Pennsylvania prosecutors said the couple no longer wanted to look after the kids so had decided to put them in a room to starve them.
A doctor who examined them said the two oldest children were just days from death when they were saved.
‘They looked like they had walked out of a concentration camp,’ Chief Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gettle told Penn Live.
They were so thin, doctors could see their bones through their skin.