Two people are behind bars, accused of handcuffing and starving an 8-year-old boy.
28-year-old Josue Tovias and 33-year-old Melissa Miranda were arrested by police on Friday.
Teachers noticed things were not right with the child and his sister took evidence to authorities.
"During the course of investigations, the investigators did speak with the child, observed some injuries that corroborated the hotline tip," Sgt. Tony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department said.
Sergeant Murphy said the Fayetteville police spoke with several school faculty members who said they had been concerned about the boy's welfare for several months. He was struggling with school he was seen eating out of trash cans.
According to police, the boy's 17-year-old sister told officials, the parents would handcuff the child to furniture on an almost daily basis as a punishment and would often deny him food.
The boy and his four siblings have been placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services.