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Malnourished Chilean 2-Year-Old Found Being Breastfed By Dog

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A malnourished Arica, Chile, 2-year-old boy was found being breastfed by a neighbor’s dog.

The dog, called Reina, was seen by a witness feeding the boy on Thursday at a mechanic’s workshop in the northernmost city in the country, The Independent reports.

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Police took the child into custody and he was treated at a hospital. In addition to being malnourished, the child had a skin infection and was infested with lice.

He has since been released from the hospital and is in the care of child welfare authorities.

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The child’s mother showed up at the hospital drunk, Capt. Diego Gajardo said, but she has not been arrested as the child was not physically harmed, Yahoo News reports.

A determination of who will care for the child will be made during a family court hearing later this month.

Sources: The Independent, Yahoo News / Photo Source: The Independent