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Mom Arrested After 5-Year-Old Found Weighing 25 Pounds

| by Brendan Kelly
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A Florida mother was arrested after authorities say her 5-year-old son was so underweight he was not even on medical charts for children in his age range.

Naomie Hall was arrested after the Department of Children and Families responded to a call at a Volusia County home to follow up on a case of child neglect, according to WKMG.

Police say Hall's 5-year-old son was found extremely thin and dehydrated, with dry skin. He was found eating broken pieces of old cereal off the living room floor.

Hall, who lives with her husband, her son, and two other children, told police she had not given her son his medication and that she would go three or four days without attempting to feed him.

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Investigators say the 5-year-old was unable to stand, speak or walk, and that the mother said she only knew he was hungry because he would begin chewing on his own hands.

The boy, who has special needs, has not received any education and has not been taught how to communicate, reports KMOV. Hall said she would determine if he needed something based on his facial expressions.

The boy was taken to the Child Protection Team Office, where doctors examined him. Doctors say the boy weighed less than 25 pounds and that he was "not even on the growth chart," according to a police report.

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Following the examination, the boy was taken to a local hospital, where doctors determined he had not bathed in some time and noted that his hands and feet were dry, covered in blisters and peeling. 

Police say the boy was admitted to the ICU in case of seizures and cardiac arrest as he was extremely dehydrated and malnourished. He will be fed and monitored during his time in the ICU.

Hall has been charged with child neglect causing great harm, police say.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, it is unclear at this time if Hall's husband will faces any charges in connection with the child neglect. 

DCF continues to investigate the case, along with Daytona Beach police.

Police have not released details about the welfare of the other two children who lived in the home due to privacy laws and the ongoing investigation.

"We're of course investigating thoroughly to ensure the safety of these children," said DCF spokesman John Harrell. "We're still working to gather information but our focus is on keeping these children safe and healthy."

Sources: WKMGKMOVOrlando Sentinel / Photo credit: Gustavo Castillo/Wikimedia Commons, Daytona Beach Police Department via KMOV, WFTV via MyAJC

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