Parents forced child to live in squalor, police say

FORT COLLINS - Two Fort Collins parents were jailed this week after a months-long investigation into allegations that they neglected their 8-year-old child to the point where she could not walk or talk, denied her treatment for chronic seizures and forced her to live in squalor surrounded by cat litter and feces, court records show.

Fort Collins Police Services and the Department of Human Services were first called to the Douglas and Leah Dyer's home in the 100 block of East Trilby Road last October, an arrest affidavit shows.

An informant at that time reported that the couple's daughter had been diagnosed with seizures in 2009 but had not seen a doctor in the four years since. Authorities were told the then 7-year-old girl could not walk or talk, wore a diaper because she was not toilet trained and was surrounded by cat litter and animal feces in the south Fort Collins home.

Police and DHS workers entered the house on Oct. 28 and encountered the girl on the floor unable to walk, talk or hold her head up. Within minutes, she had a seizure and was treated and transported to a hospital for evaluation, the affidavit states.

She weighed just 37 pounds when she was taken to the hospital. Six months after being released into foster care she weighed nearly 60 pounds, grew nearly 6 inches and was progressing through physical occupational and speech therapy. She continues to make marked improvements out of the Dyer's custody, police wrote.

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