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Tennessee mother arrested for alleged neglect, hunger, 13-pound, 6-year-old son, authorities say

Andrea Caldwell was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, Fox 19 reported.

(Shelby County Sheriff’s Department)

A mother in Tennessee was arrested on Dec. 8 after officials claimed her 6-year-old son was discovered weighs 13 pounds, Fox 19 reported.

The authorities of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department arrested and accused of Andrea Caldwell with aggravated child abuse and neglect after the Department of Children Services (DCS) took her son reportedly was not well cared for, according to the outlet.

DCS said that they’d been looking for Caldwell and her child, who has developmental disabilities and requires a feeding tube, for more than six months, the Fox 19 reported.

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But when she located the pair in a hotel on the day of the arrest, the child was reportedly malnourished, injured, smelled of urine and had matted fur and bed sores. The DCS-employee also said that his feeding tube doesn’t seem to be functioning properly and was dirty, Fox 19 said.

Caldwell reportedly was not to make use of free materials given to her to be the boy to care for and to feed him baby food, not enough nutrients for his condition, DCS officials said.

After the visit, the boy was immediately taken to the hospital, where doctors determined his weight was 13 pounds, Fox 19 said, more than 20 pounds from his last check in March.

It was also discovered that Caldwell allegedly skipped 13 of her son’s medical visit since April, depending on the hospital and DCS records obtained by the outlet.

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Some family members, who lived with the mother and son to the hotel, called the cost of “hard” and added that Caldwell “took very good care of him since he was born,” Fox 19 reported.

Family members were allegedly not aware, however, that Caldwell had missed that many appointments or that DCS was looking for them.

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