6-year-old girl weighed just 25 pounds when taken to hospital
Denver, Colorado – An Evergreen couple have been charged with child abuse in connection to their 6-year-old daughter’s “long-term malnutrition.”
Jason Matthew Barton, 40, and Katherine Clark Barton, 36, face a felony charge, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, after their daughter was admitted to Children’s Hospital Colorado weighing 25 pounds, according to the Jefferson County district attorney’s office.
That weight — 25 pounds — is of a typical healthy 2-year-old child, prosecutors said.
The girl’s parents, according to an arrest affidavit, had locks on the refrigerator and pantry.
The couple claimed the child struggles with a form of autism, which impacts her eating habits, and that she may have a “gluten allergy,” the affidavit said.
The couple said the girl was having a hard time adjusting to Colorado since the family’s move from North Carolina three years ago, and to kindergarten. They removed her from kindergarten class before the school year was finished.
Concerns about the girl’s weight were reported to Jefferson County Human Services on June 1. The couple took the child to the hospital June 10, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation two days later.
The staff at Children’s likened the girl’s appearance “to that of concentration camp victims,” according to the affidavit, and medical workers could not determine any “psychological or medical” reasons why the girl was so severely underweight. The staff did determine that she is not autistic.
The Bartons told investigators they used locks at home because the child was “stealing” and “hoarding” food.
The child is now in custody of Jeffco Human Services. The Bartons are free on $25,000 bail. Their next court appearance is July 21.
MT. MORRIS, MI — A woman is also now in custody after police say a man waterboarded his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son.
Her identity was not released, pending arraignment. According to Genesee County District Court records, the woman is facing charges of second-degree child abuse, second-degree child abuse in the presence of another child and third-degree child abuse.
A 30-year-old Mt. Morris man was taken into custody late last week after authorities claimed he waterboarded his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son and used a knife to abuse the child’s 12-year-old brother.
Mt. Morris Police Chief Keith Becker said the boy ripped his backpack at school Tuesday, May 12, and the suspect allegedly used waterboarding, which simulates drowning, to punish the child.
The suspect allegedly belted the boy’s arms to his body, put underwear over the child’s face, leaned him back over a footstool and poured water on his face, according to Becker.
Police became aware of the allegations after school officials noticed the boy acting differently, according to Becker.
During their investigation, Becker said detectives learned the man also allegedly abused the boy’s 12-year-old brother with a knife.
Becker said the man allegedly tied the boy’s arms, forced him to his knees and prodded him in the chest and throat with a knife. The incident lasted for roughly three hours, Becker said.
Becker would not confirm the woman’s relationship to the man, but said more information may be released later today.
South African teen kidnapped at birth found at same school as biological sister.
JOHANNESBURG – A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.
The family had always celebrated their missing daughter’s birthday on April 28, and following her remarkable discovery the girls’ biological family is planning a festive celebration for her first birthday with them.
“We have to plan something very big,” the girl’s aunt told South Africa’s Cape Talk radio station after it reported that DNA tests confirmed she was the child kidnapped from the Groote Schuur Hospital.
A 50-year-old woman was arrested and appeared in court Friday on charges of kidnapping and fraudulently pretending to the child’s biological mother, police spokesman Andre Traut said. The woman will again appear in court on March 6, after she has gone through an identity parade, according to the South African Press Association.
The girl, who turns 18 in April, was raised by the arrested woman and her husband as their only child. She was living just a couple of miles (kilometers) from her biological parents but, as the Cape Argus newspaper reports, the amazing discovery happened by chance when she became friends with her younger biological sister, when they attended the same school.
In her final year of high school, friends told her about a new student who had an uncanny resemblance to her, her biological aunt said. The two girls met and bonded instantly, despite the four-year age difference.
“There was just an incredible connection,” her aunt told the radio station.
The younger daughter told her parents about her new friend who looked just like her. Still hopeful, the family invited the girl to their home for coffee, the Cape Argus reported. After seeing her, the father immediately contacted the police who revived their investigation into the kidnapping, the newspaper reported.
The police found that the couple claiming to be the teenager’s parents could not prove she was their biological daughter, and DNA tests were carried out, the Cape Argus reported.
Biological mother and daughter were reunited for the first time on Thursday, the mother weeping, the child’s elated aunt told the Cape Talk radio station.
“When she saw (her) yesterday, she knew, ‘This is my child.’ She said DNA wasn’t necessary, she just knew,” the child’s aunt told the radio station. The child’s biological mother, Celeste Nurse, has given a number of interviews in the years since the kidnapping, often when other babies were snatched.
Recovering from the birth of her first child 17 years ago, Nurse woke up to find a woman dressed as a hospital nurse sitting by her hospital bed, her newborn baby still in the cot, she told the Cape Times in 2011. She drifted off, groggy from the cesarean section operation.
“When I woke up there was a nurse saying my child is gone. You can’t imagine the feeling,” Nurse told the newspaper. “I just hope one day someone will realize something or see something and bring her back to us.”
The Nurses had three other children, but continued their search for their eldest daughter, never giving up hope.
“I’ll never, ever give up hope. I can feel it in my gut — my daughter is out there and she is going to come home,” biological father Morne Nurse told the Weekend Argus newspaper five years ago. The family threw a birthday party for their kidnapped daughter each year, her siblings blowing out the candles on her cake.
The girl has not been identified by The Associated Press because she is a minor and a judge has ruled that the press should not publish the name under which she was raised. She is still in the custody of social services, according to police, but as soon as she is home, her newly found family plan to celebrate her birthday with her for the first time.
BENNINGTON, Vt. – An Arlington man is behind bars for allegedly abusing a 4-year-old boy.
Alvin Shores, 25, is charged with domestic assault and cruelty to a child. Police say Shores assaulted his girlfriend’s son at some point over the last two days. When arrested in Bennington, Shores was found to have an existing unrelated warrant in place. He is being held without bail.
We do not know the current condition of the child.