A 15-year-old Lincoln County boy who was reportedly living in a barn with farm animals and suffering from severe starvation is now hospitalized while his father, stepmother and two older brothers are jailed on child neglect complaints, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A 15-year-old Lincoln County boy who was reportedly living in a barn with farm animals and suffering from severe starvation is now hospitalized while his father, stepmother and two older brothers are jailed on child neglect complaints, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The boy, who resided with his family at a rural residence on 3470 Road between Meeker and Prague, was likely within a week of starving to death, said Pottawatomie/Lincoln County First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter.

The boy, who reportedly hasn't been to school in at least two years and was supposed to be home-schooled, was living in the family's barn with animals, Panter said, and was starving even though the family home, upon a search warrant, was found to be fully stocked with plenty of food.

The boy had allegedly been eating twigs and grass, Panter said, and may have to undergo surgery to remove those items from his stomach. He's likely to be hospitalized for a month or more, Panter said.

Panter said the case was investigated by DHS and the District Attorney's Task Force after a concerned passerby reported something wasn't right.

“Thankfully, some concerned people driving by saw him and called DHS,” Panter said, which ultimately led to investigators becoming involved in his rescue as well as a search warrant being served at the property.

According to arrest affidavits, doctors said without intervention, the boy, who was severely malnourished, would have likely been dead within a week. The 15-year-old boy weighs just 80 pounds, an affidavit reads.

In addition to being malnourished, the boy has several broken bones and has several shotgun pellets from the past still in his leg.

A 4-year-old child also was living in the home, Panter said. That child was found to be healthy and cared for, but that child was removed from the home by DHS, Panter added.

Panter said the boy's father and stepmother, along with two other brothers, have been arrested in the case; formal charges have not yet been filed.

Panter said those arrested on complaints of child neglect in the case are: Jimmy L. Jones Sr., 34, Amy A. Jones, 46, Jonathan Luke Plank, 20, and Tyler Joe Adkins, 24.

In addition to neglect complaints, Jimmy L. Jones Sr. is jailed on a complaint of child abuse by injury.

Jimmy L. Jones and Amy A. Jones are jailed in the Lincoln County jail, while Plank and Adkins are jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.

The story is developing with more details. Watch for updates online later and a full story in Thursday's News-Star.