A Pennsylvania courtroom gave the judge a round of applause when he decided to jail Mary Rader and her parents, Dennis and Deanna Beighley, before they stand trial for starving Rader’s 8-year-old son. The boy was in such grave condition that he allegedly weighed 25 pounds and resorted to eating bugs off the porch.
A doctor said he was one month from dying.
District Judge Brian Arthur was so shocked by pictures presented in court and by medical reports of the boy’s condition after he was removed from the family’s Greenville home in June that the judge ordered the three defendants jailed and set bail at $100,000 each.The judge’s decision drew applause from about 60 courtroom spectators – friends, relatives and some complete strangers to the boy – some of whom gasped when the pictures a Mercer County caseworker took of the boy this summer were flashed on a video screen minutes earlier.
The trio’s lawyer claims that the boy has a growth disorder. (Although cases of children with growth disorders who just happen to eat bugs in order to survive are hard to come by.) The courtroom’s reaction proved that people aren’t buying it, and want to see these monsters get their comeuppance.