A boy has died after he was allegedly forced to drink litres of water by his stepmum and father.
Zachary Sabin, 11, died in Black Forest, in the US state of Colorado, on March 11.
The county coroner’s office determined the boy died of forced water intoxication after he was told to drink four 0.7-litre bottles of water over four hours without eating.
According to an arrest affidavit, Tara Sabin, the boy’s stepmum, told authorities he wore a diaper at night because of a hereditary urological problem.
Ryan Sabin, Zachary’s father and a sergeant based at Fort Carson, called paramedics after he found the boy in his bed with foam coming from his mouth and blood on his bed.
According to court documents obtained by CNN, the 11-year-old got into trouble with the couple for not drinking enough water and they told him to drink more.
Both are facing several charges, including child abuse and first-degree murder.
An arrest affidavit says Zachary suffered other physical abuse, as did five other children.
His mum Angela Tuetken told reporters her boy’s death is the “hardest thing” she’s had to endure in her life.
“I will never be able to cuddle my Zach-aroni ever again,” she said.
“I will miss my Zach-Attack’s sweet nature, I will never be able to hear his contagious laugh.”
The couple are due to face court next week.
with The Associated Press
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