Fort Collins parents arrested, accused of forcing little girl to live in squalor

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Douglas and Leah Dyer

Douglas and Leah Dyer

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Parents of an 8-year-old girl were jailed this week amid allegations they neglected her and forced her to live in squalor.

The Coloradoan reports the girl was neglected to where she could not walk or talk. She did not receive treatment for chronic seizures and she lived surrounded by cat litter and feces.

An arrest affidavit shows police and human services first went to the home in October 2013.

An informant told officials the girl was diagnosed with seizures but had not seen a doctor in the four years since the diagnosis.

The affidavit says she weighed 37 pounds when she was taken to the hospital after officials found her in October. After living six months in foster care, she weighed 60 pounds, grew 6 inches and was improving as a result of physical and speech therapy. Police says she continues improvement out of her parents’ custody.

Douglas Dyer, 44, and his wife, Leah Dyer, 47, have criminal histories including domestic violence according to court records.

They both face felony child abuse charges in this case. Both were out of jail after posting $10,000 bail.

Leah Dyer has a court appearance scheduled Monday. Douglas Dyer has one September 4.