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Couple Sentenced for Starving their Children

By: Harold Smith
Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013

A couple from Muncie, Indiana is sentenced to seven years in prison for starving their children last year while they lived in Branson.

A Delaware County, Indiana judge sentenced 41 year old Jason and 35 year old Amy Doty Wednesday. They had each pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent.

The Doty’s reportedly moved from Indiana to Branson in March of 2012 to follow a church ministry. During their time here, their savings ran out, and they allegedly went up to four days at a time without feeding their children, two girls ages four and nineteen months.

The couple moved back to Indiana in June, and only then sought medical attention for the girls. They were arrested shortly thereafter.

Because of the severe malnourishment, the younger girl suffered irreversible brain damage, and both girls have a number of health issues. The two are being raised by an aunt, who intends to adopt the girls.

And, because the child neglect happened in Branson, the Doty’s still face charges of endangering the welfare of a child in Taney County. Officials with Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell’s office report there are active local warrants for the two. They say the Taney County charges have been on hold pending the conclusion of the court proceedings in Indiana.


local - 08/16/2013 9:03:15 AM
enough punishment for this crime is not possible...there is no excuse for neglect..
Concerned Citizen - 08/16/2013 6:02:34 PM
Case Net: April 2012: Charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child October 2012: Complaint filed and Bonded out with no contact with victims. June 2013: arrested in Indiana August 2013: Convicted in Indiana to 7 years How did they get those babies back in Taney County and it took a year later and another state for them to be convicted. Looks like Taney County dropped the ball.
Amazed & confused - 08/17/2013 8:05:39 AM
There are many churches who would have been able to feed the children. Ask most ministers how many people a week ask for help. It is not always possible to help everyone but I think infant children would make it to the top of anybody's list. What happened to the ministry the parents were here for? PRAY for the children, help as you can so this is not repeated!
Jeb Fuller - 08/17/2013 12:44:45 PM
Doty's ?
Help For Children - 08/17/2013 4:56:06 PM
Sincerely hope that this case, and others like it, are more closely followed. Especially when small children, who cannot speak for themselves or would be too afraid too anyways, are caught in this situation, it seems like the system really let them down. And the children are the ones who will suffer. Feel bad for them having to suffer.
Concerned Local - 08/17/2013 5:43:22 PM
I hope they dont think the community believes they are actually doing 7 years in prison. They truth is they might serve 1 year each and the rest of the 7 will be probation. I think they Prosecutor's Office and court system should have to publish exactly what they allow and not be able to hide the facts to try to make it sound better to the voting public.
zachary M. Doty - 08/17/2013 8:22:50 PM
yes. my father and stepmother have messed up.. and i highly doubt i will ever see them again... but there is no excuse for their actions.. they will have severe apologies to me and my other family members.. i havent seen him for 4 years... finding out about this was horrible... i still have emotional problems.... i pray everyday for my stepsisters.. hoping they will get better...
Roy - 08/18/2013 5:01:16 AM
Branson is known for being a Christian community with strong family ties, the shame of it is many think if they come through with a bible in one hand it will be easy pickings. We have been hit on while eating out, in gas stations and parking lots by people with a bible in one hand and the other hand sticking out for a handout. They never got a dime from me because first of all I have my church and local groups like CAM to support plus I think the marjority of them are nothing by panhandlers using the name of Christ to make an easy buck. I hope if they bring then back to Taney County the courts make an example of them. How could anyone starve their children?