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Originally published Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 8:27 AM

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Dad testifies in Longview child abuse trial

A Longview man accused of neglect and withholding food from five adopted children took the witness stand Wednesday in his own defense.

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LONGVIEW, Wash. —

A Longview man accused of neglect and withholding food from five adopted children took the witness stand Wednesday in his own defense.

Jeffery Trebilcock denied forcing a 13-year-old boy to eat goat and dog food, making him stay outside on a porch or leaving him barefoot. Trebilcock said the boy could eat as much food as he wanted but he liked the taste of dog food.

The Daily News reports ( http://is.gd/PbSi8v) Trebilcock testified he didn't realized the boy was malnourished because he never saw him undressed.

The boy weighed only 49 pounds in March 2011 when the state took custody of him and four sisters.

Trebilcock and his wife Rebecca are charged with criminal mistreatment in a bench trial before a Cowlitz County Superior Court judge.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

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