Third person arrested in case of severely malnourished Anderson teen girl

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MADISON COUNTY (Jan. 8, 2015) – A third person has been charged in a malnourishment case involving a 15-year-old girl.

Crystal Sells, the daughter of Steve Sells and aunt of the teen, is charged with battery, confinement and aiding/inducing or causing the neglect of a dependent.

The charges stem from an abuse case in Anderson involving a 15-year-old girl who weighed less than 40 pounds when police found her. The girl was essentially locked away from the world, according to investigators.

According to the probable cause, the teen was found in a room with just a mattress, space heater, blankets, a bowl of oatmeal and a bucket. Officials also noted there was some blood on the floor and feces on “everything in the room.”

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Steven Sells and Joetta Sells

Steven Sells and his wife Joetta Sells–the girl’s grandfather and grandmother–are also charged in the case.

FOX59 News interviewed the teen’s biological mother earlier this week. The woman, Jannifer Sells, did not have custody of the girl, and she said she had no idea her daughter was suffering alleged abuse while in the care of her grandparents.


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