Father of other child in Anderson home at center of neglect case speaks to FOX59

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ANDERSON, Ind. (Dec. 2, 2014) - The father of the 4-year-old child living in the home where a 15-year-old girl was suffering severe neglect spoke only with FOX59.

The child was an eyewitness to the neglect of that 15-year-old girl, still in critical condition Tuesday.

The father of the 4-year-old that was living inside the home told FOX59 he is terrified for his daughter.

“It makes me wonder what they did to my little girl now,” said David Bradd.

Bradd is the father of the 4-year-old that was living in the house with Steve Sells, the 58-year-old grandfather facing preliminary child neglect charges. Bradd is worried his little girl may have been a victim as well.

Steve Sells (left) and Joetta Sells (right)

Steve Sells (left) and Joetta Sells (right)

“She probably don’t understand what’s going on.  I’m wondering honestly, what he did to my kid. Did you drag my little girl by her hair?” he said.

His little girl, who played witness to a scene of horrifying child neglect.  Court documents revealed disturbing new details of the conditions inside Sells' home.  A room upstairs was where the 15-year-old was kept locked in with inadequate heat, food and socialization.

"I mean the body appeared to me to be very similar or worse than what I've seen from holocaust survivors,” said Rodney Cummings, the Madison County Prosecutor.

"It's very disturbing, we wouldn't accept treatment of an animal this way let alone a human being,” said Detective Joel Sandefur with the Anderson Police Department.

In a police report, it was Bradd’s 4-year-old daughter who demonstrated for police, “how the lock was put on the door clasp, and how she would stick her fingers out around the door trying to get out.”

“I want to know she’s safe. I need to know the wellbeing of my little girl,” said Bradd

Bradd, who was just released from prison where he was serving time on drug charges, lost custody of his daughter two years ago.  It was then that she went to live with her mother’s family friends, Joetta and Steve Sells.

“I want to be able to be in my daughter’s life. I feel like I have every reason to be,” said Bradd.

Both Steve Sells and his wife Joetta are in jail on preliminary child neglect charges.  Their 15-year-old mentally handicapped granddaughter is in critical condition at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

As for Bradd’s 4-year-old daughter who witnessed it all, she is in the custody of the Department of Child Services until further notice.

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