In addition to the squalid living conditions, officials said the boy's diet consisted largely of carrots, which he was forced to eat before every meal. He would not be allowed to eat other food if he did not finish the carrots within an allotted time, investigators said. He got in trouble one time for eating a sample at a store when he knew he was supposed to eat carrots before eating anything else, according to investigators.
Brett Parker Tobiasson. (Photo: Utah County Sheriff's Office)
The arrests came after a months-long investigation. Utah Division of Child and Family Services talked to neighbors and the victims. The boy, who is now 6, and his 2-year-old brother, were adopted by the couple. They also had a 2-month old daughter.
The 6-year-old is in the care of a relative. The other two children are in custody of family services.