Ohio Officials Remove 200-Pound Eight-Year-Old From Mother

Ohio Officials Remove 200-Pound Eight-Year-Old From Mother.

State Officials Take 200-Pound 8-Year-Old From Mother

Officials say the boy is in “imminent danger,” place him into foster care.

Ohio officials are standing by their decision to remove an eight-year-old boy from his family’s home last month because they considered his mother’s inability to get the child’s ballooning weight under control a form of medical neglect, the Associated Press reports.

Cuyahoga County officials were originally alerted to the situation in early 2010 when the boy’s mother took him to the hospital due to breathing problems. He was diagnosed with sleep apnea, which can be caused by excessive weight, and given a breathing machine to sleep with.

Tipping the scales at over 200 pounds, the third-grader more than triples the 60 pounds that government growth charts deem a healthy weight for boys his age. He is at risk for diseases like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and high blood pressure.

After monitoring the family for more than a year and a half, case workers last month deemed the boy to be in imminent danger. “We have worked very hard with this family for 20 months before it got to this point,” the chief of the county’s Children and Family Services agency, Patricia Rideout, told the AP on Monday.
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Read the full story here: Slate Magazine
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