Star Staff Reports
MEMPHIS — Late last week, a Millington couple was arrested on child abuse charges.
Jesse and Trish Piatt were charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect. The Piatts were booked last Thursday at the Shelby County Jail in Downtown Memphis. The child has been placed into foster care.
The investigation began in January after the child was caught trying to steal food from a teacher. That’s when school officials learned the child was allegedly made to sleep in a tub, not being fed properly. The police report noted the child was very thin, wearing dirty clothing and black tennis shoes that were too large.
The report even notes the child having a shaved spot on her head allegedly made by Trish Piatt after the woman got mad. The report goes on to detail the child said she was beaten with a belt by the parents and made to drink toilet water.
Jesse Piatt told police the child has an undiagnosed medical condition and they have been seeking help. He said he had been trying to have the child committed to a mental facility because he was afraid the child would kill him in his sleep.
Police noted the man called the child “an embarrassment to the other children.” After examining the child a doctor advised she had “concerns about child abuse by torture.” The examination noted the child had bruising consistent with the claim that Trish Piatt had grabbed the child’s arms, pushed him or her to the ground and kicked the child.
The report goes on to detail multiple incidents of abuse and torture. DCS confirmed they had multiple reports on the child and placed the child into foster care.