The Reeds Spring, Missouri, parents of a 13-month-old boy who died weighing just 10 pounds have been charged in connection with his death.
Bambi and Joshua Jackson’s child, referred to as JJ in probable cause statements, died in January from low blood pressure due to dehydration, KY3 reports.
He weighed 10.1 pounds at the time of his death, with an underdeveloped head and brain.
Investigators believe the couple did not feed the child enough food or water.
Emergency responders were called to the Jackson’s home on Jan. 5, an hour after Bambi found JJ was not breathing. He had been left unattended in his crib for 14 hours.
Bambi told detectives “she had been concerned that JJ may have become dehydrated.”
JJ had not received medical care since two weeks after his birth, which was more than a year from the time of his death.
"Any time you work a case like this with small children, it affects all the first responders, the law enforcement involved; nobody wants to see this kind of stuff," Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said.
JJ’s death was ruled a homicide by a pathologist.
The couple had previously been reported to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline for poor care of JJ’s older siblings.
They were told to “provide more calories to the children. In both cases the children’s condition improved."
The couple is charged with child endangerment, first-degree involuntary manslaughter, and child abuse -- all felonies, according to the Branson Tri-Lakes News.
If convicted on all charges, they may serve up to 44 years in prison.