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HALIFAX, Pa. (CBS/AP) — A Dauphin County couple were sentenced for mistreatment of three children who prosecutors said were so starved for food they peeled paint off the walls to survive.

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Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Weyant and 39-year-old Brandi Weyant pleaded guilty in February to aggravated assault, conspiracy, false imprisonment, unlawful restraining and child endangerment.

Joshua Weyant was sentenced Monday in Dauphin County Court to 19½ to 39½ years in prison. Brandi Weyant was sentenced to 18¾ to 37½ years.

Police acting on an anonymous tip found a 6-year-old boy and two girls, ages 4 and 5, locked inside a room at the couple’s Halifax Township home in December 2016. Prosecutors say two of the children were close to dying of malnutrition.

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The Weyants were raising the children but weren’t their biological parents.

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