Khalil Wimes, 6, died from starvation and abuse. This photo was taken while still in the care of his cousin. Screen shot via ABC News.
Khalil Wimes died Wednesday at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn., from what police allege was the result of horrific abuse and torture.
The boy, 6, reportedly weighed only 25 pounds and police believe his death was caused by a “blunt force trauma” to the head. According to the CDC, the average weight for a 6-year-old who is average height is 45.8 lbs. Hospital staff reportedly called police right away after observing Khalil’s condition.
WPVI-TV reports that Khalil’s parents, Tina Wimes, 44, and Floyd Wimes, 48, have been the source of an ongoing Department of Human Services investigation. The couple have previously had 6 children taken away from them due to substantiated evidence of drug usage and violence. Khalil and his sister, 3-years-old, were reportedly the only two given back to their parents and now the extended family wants to know why.
Khalil had previously been raised by his cousin, Alicia Nixon, for the first three years of his life in what the family describes as a “loving” environment until Khalil’s parents fought to get him back. The victim’s aunt, Bashera Abdul-Hadi, told WPVI in an exclusive interview, “We begged, we pleaded, we did everything legally possible to get the children.”
The family believes DHS knew about the abuse that was taking place, but took the children out of safe environments and placed them in a brutal, hostile and deadly one.
DHS has refused to comment on the case, citing privacy issues.
Both parents have been arrested and charged with murder and child abuse.
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