A South Carolina couple was arrested on Friday after allegedly making their 14-year-old daughter live in a tent in the woods as punishment for eating a Pop-Tart without permission, the Associated Press reports.
Police say James Allen Driggers, 33, and Crystal Lynn Driggers, 36, sent the teen to camp in a forested area “known to have wild hogs” for a week with only a roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, a whistle and a watch. From The Item:
They allegedly told the child if she wanted food she had to meet at specific times by a fence to receive it, otherwise she wouldn’t eat.
And, when severe thunderstorms rolled through the Sumter-area Thursday night, the child was left to fend for herself in the woods.
The reason behind doing this, according to a release from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, is the parents wanted to punish their daughter for eating a Pop-Tart toaster pastry.
Authorities reportedly found the teen Friday night, two days into her weeklong punishment.
The Driggers now each face one count of unlawful neglect of a child.