Malnourished Longmont teen’s dad charged with child abuse, neglect
Denver, CO – A Longmont father faces charges following the hospitalization of his malnourished 17-year-old blind and autistic son, who was considered by doctors last week to be in a condition similar to a concentration camp survivor.
David Lawrence Hall, 52, appeared free on $50,000 bond Friday at the Boulder County Jail to be formally charged with one count of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of negligent serious bodily injury to an at-risk person. Both are felonies.
He sat beside his wife, Vanessa, also, 52, who is expected to make her first formal court appearance Sept. 20, according to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.
A preliminary hearing — when the court will determine if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial — was set for Oct. 27.
The couple said they had no comment about their son’s condition and directed questions to their attorney as they left the jail courtroom Friday afternoon.
According to court records, the teen — who apparently subsisted on a diet of soda and cracker snacks, and used a bedside jug for his bathroom — was suffering from severe malnutrition and kidney failure when he was taken to Longmont United Hospital on Aug. 30 and later transferred to an Aurora hospital.
Pregnant mother arrested for critically
injuring infant daughter in Alma
August 25, 2016
ALMA, GA – Alma Police are investigating a case of child cruelty after a 21-month-old was taken to the hospital with severe bruising over her entire body.
The infant was taken to Bacon County Hospital, before being transported to Memorial in Savannah on August 24th. Surgery was performed to remove one the infant’s organs. She remains in critical condition.
The mother, 22-year-old Sarah Staten, who is 35 weeks pregnant, was taken into custody.
Staten has two other children, both under the age of 4, who were taken into protective custody by the Division of Family and Children Services.
Staten, who is not a Bacon County native, is charged with three counts of Battery and three counts of cruelty to children in the 1st degree.