The Bible made her do it: A Georgia mother is on trial for child abuse after using starvation, a shock collar, and prolonged confinement in a chicken coop to punish her adopted teen daughter.
Earlier this week the adopted daughter of the Georgia couple testified about the horrific abuse she endured during the six years she spent in the custody of Diana and Samuel Franklin.
The devout Christian couple was homeschooling their adopted daughter, and believed the Bible justified their harsh treatment of the teen.
Currently the teen’s adopted mother, Diana Franklin, is on trial in Taylor County. She is charged with 19 counts of child cruelty, eight counts of false imprisonment and one of aggravated assault.
The teen’s adoptive father, Samuel Franklin, is set to stand trial in December.
ABC reports that in court on Tuesday state workers described how Diana Franklin forced her adopted daughter to live in a hot shed with no air conditioning, locking her in for weeks at a time. They also accused the woman of depriving the child of food, forcing her to read and write Bible verses as punishment, cut her hair as punishment, forced her into a chicken coop, and more.
When confronted by concerned neighbors about the harsh treatment, Diana Franklin said that she was “doing what the Bible says” by punishing the girl for not doing chores the “right way.”
The 15-year-old victim told authorities her adoptive parents made her spent days locked inside a small outhouse and chicken coop, wearing a shock collar as punishment for not doing her school work. Other reports indicate the girl was forced to live on bread and water for days on end as punishment.During her testimony, the teen described being locked in various outbuildings on the family’s property when she was menstruating. She was allowed to wear only a shirt, and no under garments during this time.
Addicting Info reports this horrific treatment was undoubtedly based on Leviticus Chapter 15, which states:
And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even. And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean.
Defense attorney Kevin Bailey said the couple was raising their adopted daughter in accordance to their religious beliefs.
Watch this news report about this ongoing trial via ABC –