A 15-year-old Meeker boy who was near death from starvation is continuing his long road to recovery at an Oklahoma City hospital.

And while members of his family remain jailed on child neglect complaints and await formal charges this week in Lincoln County, some area neighbors say they noticed some unusual things near that rural home, but nothing that would have indicated a child was starving to death.

A 15-year-old Meeker boy who was near death from starvation is continuing his long road to recovery at an Oklahoma City hospital.

And while members of his family remain jailed on child neglect complaints and await formal charges this week in Lincoln County, some area neighbors say they noticed some unusual things near that rural home, but nothing that would have indicated a child was starving to death.

There's been an outpouring of concern for the teen, who weighs just 80 pounds.

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, 101529 S. 3470 Road, located a few miles north of U.S. 62. He was suffering from severe malnutrition after eating twigs and leaves.

The home, which sits far off a rural gravel roadway, is nestled in the trees. A large barn is on the property, along with horses and other animals. The driveway has a locked gate.

A passerby who saw the boy outside earlier this month became concerned about the boy called authorities. Court documents show law enforcement officers went to the home, where adults had allegedly been barring access to DHS so they could check the child's welfare.

The boy's father, stepmother and two older stepbrothers were arrested in the child neglect case.

The father, Jimmy L. Jones Sr., 34, is jailed in Lincoln County on a $500,000 bond on both child neglect and child abuse complaints.

The stepmother, Amy A. Jones, 46, is jailed in Lincoln County on a $250,000 bond. Jonathan Luke Plank, 20, and Tyler Joe Adkins, 24, are being held in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. Plank is jailed on a $250,000 bond; Adkins is held on a $100,000 bond.

This case has captured the community's attention from both near and far, with many questions that still remain unanswered.

Two neighbors who live and work in the area of the boy's home said they had seen some strange things around the home, but nothing that alarmed them to the point of contacting the authorities.

One neighbor tells the News-Star he saw food left at the end of the culvert about a quarter of a mile away on many occasions. He also saw small candles there sometimes.

At first he thought perhaps someone in the area was leaving scraps for wild hogs that cross near that area. After he saw the candles, he assumed it was teenagers playing a prank or trying to scare people.

A woman who lives and works near the Jones home also confirmed that she had seen what appeared to be vegetables harvested from a garden in that same area. She said she often saw tea light candles burning around the food and would sometimes stop and blow out the candles because she thought it was unsafe.

The man said before the Jones family moved there, he had previously worked on the property, where race horses were trained. Many years ago, he was in the barn where the boy allegedly was forced to live. He assumes the barn is in far worse condition now than when it was used to house racing stock.

The woman says she often saw the young man at that home when she drove by the property. He was usually push mowing the lawn or doing other chores when she saw him. She said he appeared to be an eight or nine year old boy and she never saw anything that would have led her to suspect a young man was near death or being abused in any way.

But someone saw something recently that prompted the call to authorities.

When officers arrived at the rural residence on July 12, they saw the boy outdoors and he approached them. The two officers confirmed the child was the one in the DHS referral and noted 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 also living in the home were taken by a judge’s order into protective custody. Afterwards, the affidavit shows the starving teen spoke with officers about being coached by the adults at the home in how to deceive DHS or other parties about his welfare.

When found, the teen was likely within a week of death had he not been hospitalized, said Pottawatomie/Lincoln County First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter.

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

The boy hasn’t been to school in at least two years and was supposed to be home-schooled, Panter said. He was starving to death even though the family home, upon execution of a search warrant, was found to be fully stocked with plenty of food. The family was well fed and all the farm animals also had plenty of food and were being fed, Panter said.

The 4-year-old child in home did not appear abused or neglected, Panter said, as the teen appeared to be targeted for the abuse.

In addition to being malnourished, the boy has several broken bones as well as shotgun pellets from the past still in one of his legs. Panter said he has several injuries consistent with prior abuse.

The boy is likely to be hospitalized for at least a month or more, Panter said.

In the meantime, it appears his story is tugging on the heartstrings of many and some have asked about sending items to the boy. Items sent to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office or even the DHS office will be sent to the boy, and any excess or unneeded items will go to other foster children, Panter said.

A North Carolina man who read the story online wanted to do something.

Mark Moore, the director of Cheesy Gifts, a non-profit in that state, said they send items to sick or bullied children to help bring smiles. The company is sending the Meeker boy a portable DVD player with headphones and some funny DVDs, something Moore hopes will bring a smile to the boy as he recovers.

Locally, a Facebook page called, "Meeker boy Jimmy, Showing him some love," has been established by members of the Meeker community who are also trying to find a way to do something to make a difference in the young boy's life.

Watch for updates.