Crime

Mother Of Significantly Malnourished 1-Year-Old Faces Felony Child Abuse Charge

| by Alexander Rubinstein

A young mother of Tempe, Arizona, faces a felony child abuse charge after her 1-year-old son was admitted to the hospital severely malnourished. The baby boy weighed only 14 pounds when he was sent to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) on July 31.

23-Year-Old Diana Vazquez was arrested by police at her home Tuesday.

Vazquez took her son to the hospital on a doctor’s order. She told the staff that her son weighed 28 pounds when he had his six-month doctor’s visit, according to court paperwork.

She was told he needed to lose weight because he was in the 98th percentile among his peers. Diana began feeding him baby food from a jar thereafter, according to the probable cause statement.

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He should have weighed 16.2 to 18.8 pounds at the time, according to Baby Center.

“Diana stated Doctor Mach told her to stop breastfeeding her son, as he was significantly overweight,” the probable cause statement reads.

Police could not substantiate the claim because that doctor’s office has been closed for more than a year. Vazquez showed them pictures of the baby where he looked overweight, reports KPHO.

Vazquez said that she and her son did not make it in for the nine-month visit and when it was time for his one-year checkup she changed doctors. The second doctor immediately sent Vazquez to PCH.

Weighing only 14 pounds, the boy was almost 10 pounds underweight according to a growth timeline from Baby Center, which says that 12-month-old boys should weigh between 20 and 23 pounds.

“His weight put him at less than the 1st percentile among his peers,” court paperwork says. “The baby’s PCH doctor stated that his malnutrition could have been life threatening within a week or two if left untreated.”

“The baby had excess skin hanging from his arms and legs and his spinal cord was clearly visible when his back was displayed,” the probable cause statement said.

Vazquez told officers that she had struggled herself with weight issues and that “everyone called her baby fat.”

The boy has gained a little over a pound since he was admitted to PCH. Hospital staff told police that Vazquez rarely visited her son.

“Diana showed no signs of emotional attachment to her one-year-old child,” the officer wrote in the probable cause statement after speaking to her for roughly 90 minutes. “She discussed her boyfriend more frequently than discussing her son.”

Sources: KPHO, Baby Center

Photo Credit: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office / KPHO

A young mother of Tempe, Arizona, faces a felony child abuse charge after her 1-year-old son was admitted to the hospital severely malnourished. The baby boy weighed only 14 pounds when he was sent to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) on July 31.

23-Year-Old Diana Vazquez was arrested by police at her home Tuesday.

Vazquez took her son to the hospital on a doctor’s order. She told the staff that her son weighed 28 pounds when he had his six-month doctor’s visit, according to court paperwork.

She was told he needed to lose weight because he was in the 98th percentile among his peers. Diana began feeding him baby food from a jar thereafter, according to the probable cause statement.

He should have weighed 16.2 to 18.8 pounds at the time, according to Baby Center.

“Diana stated Doctor Mach told her to stop breastfeeding her son, as he was significantly overweight,” the probable cause statement reads.

Police could not substantiate the claim because that doctor’s office has been closed for more than a year. Vazquez showed them pictures of the baby where he looked overweight, reports KPHO.

Vazquez said that she and her son did not make it in for the nine-month visit and when it was time for his one-year checkup she changed doctors. The second doctor immediately sent Vazquez to PCH.

Weighing only 14 pounds, the boy was almost 10 pounds underweight according to a growth timeline from Baby Center, which says that 12-month-old boys should weigh between 20 and 23 pounds.

“His weight put him at less than the 1st percentile among his peers,” court paperwork says. “The baby’s PCH doctor stated that his malnutrition could have been life threatening within a week or two if left untreated.”

“The baby had excess skin hanging from his arms and legs and his spinal cord was clearly visible when his back was displayed,” the probable cause statement said.

Vazquez told officers that she had struggled herself with weight issues and that “everyone called her baby fat.”

The boy has gained a little over a pound since he was admitted to PCH. Hospital staff told police that Vazquez rarely visited her son.

“Diana showed no signs of emotional attachment to her one-year-old child,” the officer wrote in the probable cause statement after speaking to her for roughly 90 minutes. “She discussed her boyfriend more frequently than discussing her son.”

Sources: KPHO, Baby Center

Photo Credit: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office / KPHO