Parents charged in Iowa teen’s death, siblings tortured

A 16-year-old girl from West Des Moines who died of starvation was tortured by her parents and deprived of food, clothing and health care, according to court documents released Friday. 

As reported by the Des Moines Register, Natalie Finn died Oct. 24 from denial of critical care, according to the Polk County medical examiner’s office. Her mother, 42-year-old Nicole Marie Finn, and father, 45-year-old Joseph Michael Finn II, were charged with her death Thursday.

Criminal complaints allege that Nicole Finn killed her daughter “intentionally, willfully, deliberately, with premeditation and malice aforethought.”

Nicole and Joseph Finn are accused of secretly confining Natalie and two of her siblings, a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, inside their home. They are also accused of using unreasonable force, torture or cruelty to cause serious injury to the three children.

Both face charges of first-degree kidnapping, child endangerment causing serious injury and neglect of a dependent person. Nicole Finn was charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.