A 7-year-old boy in Boston was found unresponsive, suffering from apparent abuse and starvation last week after his father called 911. Randall Lints, of Hardwick, Massachusetts, was arrested for the alleged child abuse and is currently being held without bail.
When paramedics arrived at the family home last week, Jack Loiselle, 7, was reportedly suffering from both starvation and dehydration, with various injuries on his body.
Police say the boy had bleach burns that were the result of being made to scrub the floor on his hands and knees, reports Daily Mail.
Jack also had a bruised jaw and forehead, which his father claimed came from the child falling out of bed, My Fox Boston reported. Doctors said the man’s explanation does not match the boy's injuries.
The boy was taken to the hospital and placed in a coma, Daily Mail reported. According to court documents, Jack arrived weighing 38 pounds.
“The reports of being ‘in his room’ for days, against a background of behavioral complaints, combined with the physical injuries, apparent starvation and dehydration creates grave concerns for inflicted injury,” a hospital doctor wrote in his assessment of Jack.
Court documents say Lints was a strict father who rarely let the child out of his sight.
Lints was arrested July 21 is now facing an array of assault charges, Daily Mail reported. The 26-year-old was arraigned on July 22 on charges including: assault and battery on a child with substantial injury, permitting substantial injury to a child, reckless endangerment of a child and permitting injury to a child.
He pleaded not guilty and is due back in court July 24.
Jack is still in hospital in a coma as the Department of Children and Families works with the police on the case, My Fox Boston reported.