A teenage boy testified Tuesday that he and his twin sister were imprisoned, starved and beaten by their adoptive parents, Jeffrey and Sandra Weller.
The boy, 17, said Jeffrey Weller would routinely beat him and his twin sister, sometimes until they bled, with a piece of scrap lumber as punishment for taking food from the family’s kitchen.
He was one of four prosecution witnesses who testified Tuesday in the trial of his adoptive parents. The Vancouver couple are on trial in Clark County Superior Court on charges of child abuse, which Deputy Prosecutor Dustin Richardson compared to torture. Through their attorneys, the couple deny the children were abused.
Jeffrey Weller, 43, also has been charged with abuse of three biological children in their North Hearthwood home.
The twin boy who testified said he and his twin sister were fed no more than once a day. They were given a can of vegetables, usually spinach, collard greens or sauerkraut; and a bowl of shortening, and ordered to eat it standing up near a wall, he said. The rest of the family, including Jeffrey and Sandra Weller and four biological children, ate hot prepared meals at the dining room table, he said.