A Meeker teen who was found starving and living in a barn back in July continues his long road to recovery and is now out of the hospital, prosecutors said, while next court dates are now scheduled Nov. 1 for his family members charged in the case.

A Meeker teen who was found starving and living in a barn back in July continues his long road to recovery and is now out of the hospital, prosecutors said, while next court dates are now scheduled Nov. 1 for his family members charged in the case.

Back in July, the 15-year-old boy who weighed just 80 pounds, was found nearly starved to death. The boy, who the community has come to know as “JJ,” was hospitalized quite some time, but is now out of the hospital and doing much better.

“JJ is out of the hospital and recovering well,” said First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter. And while Panter can't say anything about the boy's placement in protective custody, he did say that JJ is “safe and well cared for.”

The case of child neglect captured the hearts of those in this area, the state and even nationwide.

The boy’s family — his father, stepmother and two older stepbrothers — all face criminal charges in the case.

Charges — and the boy’s rescue — were the result of law enforcement visiting the family home on July 12 after a passerby called authorities with concerns about the boy.

“We’re incredibly thankful that someone called ... they literally saved this child’s life,” Panter said in the days afterward.

Even though the family home was found to be stocked with food upon a search warrant, doctors said the boy was within a week of dying had he not been hospitalized

He had reportedly been sleeping in a barn with farm animals at the family home and was suffering from severe malnutrition after reportedly eating twigs and leaves, Panter said.

When officers arrived at the rural residence, they saw the boy outdoors and confirmed he was the one in the DHS referral, with officers noting he appeared to be “underweight in the extreme,” arrest affidavits show.

Investigators could see the teen had a wound on the top of his head. According to the affidavit, that head wound had maggots and he told investigators his father allegedly dug those out and then covered the wound with glue.

As a result of the law enforcement visit, the boy and a 4-year-old sibling that was also living in the home were taken by a judge’s order into protective custody.

While court affidavits confirm there was a DHS case referral for this child, very little information can be obtained about the role of DHS in this case.

Casey White, spokeswoman for DHS, said per state statutes, child welfare records are confidential. The boy’s father, Jimmy L. Jones Sr., 34, faces felony child neglect and child abuse by injury counts. In the child abuse by injury count, Jones is accused of shooting the teen in the leg with a shotgun, records show.

The stepmother, Amy A. Jones, 46, is charged with enabling child abuse and is accused of permitting the willful abuse of the child, identified in court documents as J.L.J.J., by failing to protect the boy from his father when he shot him in the leg with the shotgun.

The father and stepmother, along with the teen’s two other siblings, Jonathan Luke Plank, 20, and Tyler Joe Adkins, 24, are all charged with child neglect.

In that felony count, they are accused of acting conjointly with each other in the neglect of the child by failing to provide adequate food, shelter, sanitation, hygiene, appropriate education, medical and dental care for that child.

“I want to stress that each of these are very serious charges under Oklahoma law and the most serious charges we could present based on the facts, each carrying a maximum of life in prison,” Panter said.

All four are out of jail after posting various bond amounts, records show, and all have court dates for pre-preliminary hearings scheduled for November.

Watch for updates.