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US Boy, 15, Found Starving, Living In Barn

A malnourished 15-year-old US boy who survived by eating sticks, leaves and grass has been found living in a barn in Oklahoma, and four members of his family have been arrested for child neglect.

The Oklahoman reported on Thursday that Lincoln County assistant District Attorney Adam Panter said the boy weighed 36kg on July 12, when he was found sharing the barn with goats, rabbits and chickens.

The teen is hospitalised.

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The boy's name and condition haven't been released. Panter says he could have died without medical attention.

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A spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services declined to comment on the case.

Panter says the boy's father, stepmother and two older brothers have been arrested on child neglect warrants. Court records don't indicate formal charges have been filed.

AAP

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