“It was just skin and bones”: Florida parent accused of starving their two-year-old daughter


The minor’s body weight at the time of her death was only 4.3 kg and the forensic doctor who conducted the autopsy determined that the little girl “had no food in her stomach and was starving for a long time.”

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minor’s parents.Polk County Sheriff’s Office

A couple living in Polk County, Central Florida, were arrested and charged with causing “great harm to child abuse” in the death of their 2-year-old daughter, who may have died of starvation and death. It was just “skin and bones” When he was examined by medical personnel, the sheriff’s office reported on Thursday.

Regis Johnson, 57, and Arhonda Tillman, 35, Based in the city of Davenport, he was arrested for the death of his two-year-old daughter and transferred to a county jail, where he is being held without bail.

“It’s horrifying and should never have happened. Because of these parents’ actions, this child will never have a chance to grow up,” Polk sheriff said angrily. Grady Judd.

I reminded parents who don’t love their children that there are resources like “drop the child at the fire station or social services” among other options, but Never let a child die like this.

The child’s body weight was only 9.5 pounds. (4.3 kg) at the time of his death And the medical examiner who performed the autopsy determined that the little girl “had no food in her stomach and had been starving for a long time,” the sheriff’s official said in a statement.

In the investigation, detectives learned that in December 2019 the Department of Children and Families (DCF, in English) took an initiative. medical malpractice investigation Which revealed that the victim was losing weight continuously and her parents had not kept a medical appointment.

Detectives also contacted the victim’s pediatrician, who told them that the parents’ last meeting with the child was in January 2020.

Therefore, the doctor’s office has tried several times to contact the parents without success, due to concerns that the minor may be suffering. Fibrosis Custica.

In a news conference today, Judd said the girl weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces at birth in July 2019 and that she weighed only 4.3 kg at the time of her death on May 10.

“I should have weighed 32 pounds (14.5 kg). From a doctor’s appointment in January 2020, until his death, I only gained 1 ounce. He couldn’t stand, talk, or walk.” Sheriff said.

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