MOSES LAKE, WA. -- Grant County Prosecutor Angus Lee filed charges today against the parents involved in a four month long alleged child abuse investigation involving a two year old, ten pound child. Lee filed charges for criminal mistreatment in the first and second degree as well as a marijuana possession charge. The parents are not in custody, but will soon appear in court.
The baby remains in long term care at a health facility in Washington state.
MOSES LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office released a document today detailing their findings when they arrived at the home of a 2-year-old Moses Lake boy who weighed less than 10 pounds and didn't have a heartbeat.
According to the search warrant released Tuesday, "The child was treated for severe malnutrition and dehydration. The child's condition was so severe that he was flown by MedStar to Spokane, Washington and was not expected to survive." The document went on to say that the child was "emaciated." The on-duty ER physician reported to the detective that the child had a weak pulse and had a weight of 8 to 10 pounds.
The detective described the boy as "skin and bones" and mentioned that this 2-year-old is closer to age 3.
Later on the detective outlined the severity of the situation by saying this child had "no muscle tone, no hair, and it was apparent that this child suffered severe malnutrition." When deputies first arrived they found the mother on the ground giving CPR to the child.
According to the detective the mother mentioned she has consulted a naturalist provider for medical attention. The detective said the mother says she also contacted a Chinese herbal provider in the San Francisco area for treatment.
According to the detective the hospital noted that there had not been a medical file on record for this child.
All of the children remain in the custody of child protective services but the parents have been at the hospital with the baby boy on life support.
Late last week a 23 year veteran detective with Grant County described this story as the worst case of child abuse or neglect that he has ever seen. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. Grant County authorities say it may take "weeks" for them to move forward with an arrest. They say they must wait until the investigation is "complete."
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