A Joplin, Missouri mother and her roommate have been charged with felony child abuse after a toddler was brought into the emergency room on July 1, barely alive and suffering from starvation.
The child’s mother, Beth A. Williams, 26, and her roommate, Christina M. Haidle, 27 are accused of with-holding food from the 3-year-old toddler who weighed only 12 lbs. when admitted to the ER. Doctors described her condition as chronic in a police report, saying she suffered from severe malnutrition, with a blood sugar level of zero, a body temperature too low to register, a faint pulse which required incubation and resuscitation, dehydration, sepsis, shock, respiratory failure, emaciation, and circulatory failure — all of which were results from what doctors say was caused by starvation.
During the toddler’s stay in the hospital, she reportedly gained 3 lbs. and also gained another 2 lbs. while recovering in foster care, all within a 10 day period.
During a 3-week long investigation, authorities found out that the tot’s mother, Williams, was the primary caregiver and her roommate was the secondary caregiver, leading police to arrest both women. Police believe that the pair grossly neglected the child but there has been no word yet of a motive.
Williams claims that she came home from work on June 30 and checked on her daughter who she says seemed “fine”. She says the next day, her roommate woke her up and said the girl was unresponsive, so Williams decided to take her to the hospital.
Source: The Joplin Globe