14 month old boy weights 13 pounds …

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When you think you’ve heard it and heard it and then you nearly vomit when you hear it again.

Rhandi Brown and her spermy whose name isn’t listed had a spat and Rhandi stabbed the dude.  When police arrived for the domestic violence call, they found the couple’s 14 month old son so stick skinny he could not hold his head up.

The couple saw no issue with their son and alleged they fed the child stage 3 baby food and ravioli and that even though the child was toothless, he would gum the food until he could swallow.  Authorities found NO food in the house and only 4 ounces of formula which the boy guzzled.

He was found in his crib with a bottle of curdled formula which he appeared to have consumed some of and vomited onto his bedding.  His diaper was so soiled that the officers were overwhelmed by the stench.

The icing on this crap cake, the spermy hasn’t been charged at all and the birth vessel is out on bail already.

Thankfully the boy is in foster care and beginning to thrive.  He is developmentally delayed due to the malnutrition and had apparently never seen a toy because he had no idea what to do with them.  They do believe he will recover.

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  • Cherish

    Mystic: Thanks for the links ;-) You’re right, 14 months is a little over a year… But I would still be worried about her choking, I’d have to watch the ENTIRE time. Which is as it should be. I think I’m going to be one of those extremely paranoid moms :smile: Better safe than sorry, right?

    • mystic_eye_cda

      *lol* I never give my kids pureed food, only normal table food (and no mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup etc until they spoon feed themselves). So by 14 months I’m sooooo not worried anymore.

      But I respect being paranoid to a point, though I’m pretty darn laid back about most parental things. I tell my kids not to like the playground or eat the sand but I don’t freak out if they do.

      I let them learn to climb the playground, and once they stop attempting to walk off the top they can go up on their own. I’ve still never had to go to the ER so I can’t be doing too badly.

  • Cherish

    Mystic: Thanks for the links ;-) You’re right, 14 months is a little over a year… But I would still be worried about her choking, I’d have to watch the ENTIRE time. Which is as it should be. I think I’m going to be one of those extremely paranoid moms :smile: Better safe than sorry, right?

    • mystic_eye_cda

      *lol* I never give my kids pureed food, only normal table food (and no mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup etc until they spoon feed themselves). So by 14 months I’m sooooo not worried anymore.

      But I respect being paranoid to a point, though I’m pretty darn laid back about most parental things. I tell my kids not to like the playground or eat the sand but I don’t freak out if they do.

      I let them learn to climb the playground, and once they stop attempting to walk off the top they can go up on their own. I’ve still never had to go to the ER so I can’t be doing too badly.

  • CB

    I’m late but just caught this story. I had a very simiular case with my work. The age and circumstances being almost identical. The only difference in my case was the child was kept strapped in a carrier and the 2 dogs in the home would bring him what food they could. It’s been almost a year and last I heard he still rocks almost constantly but atleast not to the point of bloodying his forehead like he used to. He also hoards food for himself and the family (new family) pets. Only time will truly tell what real damage has been done and how much he can be helped.

  • CB

    I’m late but just caught this story. I had a very simiular case with my work. The age and circumstances being almost identical. The only difference in my case was the child was kept strapped in a carrier and the 2 dogs in the home would bring him what food they could. It’s been almost a year and last I heard he still rocks almost constantly but atleast not to the point of bloodying his forehead like he used to. He also hoards food for himself and the family (new family) pets. Only time will truly tell what real damage has been done and how much he can be helped.

  • pak31

    People like this who show absolutely no parental instinct to nurture their own child should not be able to keep this child. It would be great in this case if you could limit their food intake and make them sit in their own waste. Just as payback. Would it bother them? Who knows? I am sorry but any type of abuse to a helpless child deserves more punishment than they got. How sad.

  • pak31

    People like this who show absolutely no parental instinct to nurture their own child should not be able to keep this child. It would be great in this case if you could limit their food intake and make them sit in their own waste. Just as payback. Would it bother them? Who knows? I am sorry but any type of abuse to a helpless child deserves more punishment than they got. How sad.

    • Digchild

      You are so right.No decent parents would stand by and watch their kids being slowly starved to within an inch of life.So,clearly I am disgusted by these two.As for myself,I weighed about 20 lbs at the age of 14 months,in July 1990 and I am now a petite 22-year-old woman.

  • Cherish

    You know… I’m going to be a very young mommy (18) and my little daughter is a surprise, to say the least. I’ve no idea how to take care of a child (I’m taking classes, and luckily my mother is a nurse.) But even I know that BABIES REQUIRE FEEDING! So does everything that is alive. Even plants.
    I also won’t be feeding my little girl ravioli… Jesus, what if she choked on it? :shock:
    As my mom told me, first part of good parenting: common sense.

    • Angel

      Congrats on your ‘surprise’, Cherish. We may be a bunch of smart*sses on here, but you could still learn a lot from the readers (and writers)of this site. At the very least we will give you a good idea of things you SHOULDN’T do. :lol:

    • mystic_eye_cda

      Cherish there is nothing wrong with feeding a 14 month old ravioli, at that age they should be on normal family foods even if they do not have teeth. Humans can only chew with their molars because of the way their jaws are muscled and almost no toddlers have opposing molars when they start eating normal foods.

      I’d be more concerned about a 14 month old that only eats pureed foods, which is what “stage three” foods are.

      Guidelines for implementing a baby-led approach to the introduction of solid food http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/blw/engels.html

      Experts seek to debunk baby food myths http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9646449

      Sorry for the off topic links

  • Cherish

    You know… I’m going to be a very young mommy (18) and my little daughter is a surprise, to say the least. I’ve no idea how to take care of a child (I’m taking classes, and luckily my mother is a nurse.) But even I know that BABIES REQUIRE FEEDING! So does everything that is alive. Even plants.
    I also won’t be feeding my little girl ravioli… Jesus, what if she choked on it? :shock:
    As my mom told me, first part of good parenting: common sense.

    • Angel

      Congrats on your ‘surprise’, Cherish. We may be a bunch of smart*sses on here, but you could still learn a lot from the readers (and writers)of this site. At the very least we will give you a good idea of things you SHOULDN’T do. :lol:

    • mystic_eye_cda

      Cherish there is nothing wrong with feeding a 14 month old ravioli, at that age they should be on normal family foods even if they do not have teeth. Humans can only chew with their molars because of the way their jaws are muscled and almost no toddlers have opposing molars when they start eating normal foods.

      I’d be more concerned about a 14 month old that only eats pureed foods, which is what “stage three” foods are.

      Guidelines for implementing a baby-led approach to the introduction of solid food http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/blw/engels.html

      Experts seek to debunk baby food myths http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9646449

      Sorry for the off topic links

  • http://fairlyodd.wordpress.com frances

    This just kills me. Because of some health issues, I have had trouble getting my 16 month old to gain weight. It really angers me that these sleaze bags would let this poor child starve.

  • http://fairlyodd.wordpress.com/ frances

    This just kills me. Because of some health issues, I have had trouble getting my 16 month old to gain weight. It really angers me that these sleaze bags would let this poor child starve.

  • Olivia

    I was doing some research because I’m concerned my 6 month old is only 14 lbs and then came across this article. It angers me that people who neglect or abuse their children are blessed to have children. Yet those who want children and would cherish their existence, can’t. These parents deserve to rot in jail!

    • The Sallow Thing

      My baby was also only 14lbs at 6 months. The doctor said it was normal for growth to slow down because I breastfeed and formula fed babies are generally fatter, but she had me get the kid on three solids a day. She’s still only 17lbs 4 ounces and 27″ at almost 8 months old. And I’m not starving this kid. She pees plenty, poops twice a day, is energetic and playful, etc. I just can’t understand how she fits all that food in her little belly sometimes. Some people are just small. She’s probably going to be like her daddy. He’s tall and skinny and if he doesn’t eat A LOT he starts looking like he just got out of a concentration camp.

      What these people did to that baby though actually made me cry. I was just imagining him alone in his crib with no one to hold him or comfort him, nothing to eat but curdled formula, sitting in a diaper overflowing with his own waste…pretty upsetting. They should be shot.

      • mystic_eye_cda

        I’m sorry for taking this thread off topic again, but I can’t sit by while breastfeeding misinformation gets passed around. Feel free to ignore the rest of this comment.

        Most doctors have no training in breastfeeding and yet they continue to pass off what they have read in pamphlets from the formula feeding industry and their own “experience” (ie what their mom and family members have told them) as researched medical advice. The fact is most doctors, including pediatricians, have no more business giving you advice on infant feeding than on how to wire you house or rebuild a car engine.

        1) Breastfeeding is the biological norm, so formula fed babies gain weight faster the first 6 months and slower from 6-12 months. The question isn’t why breastfed babies gain less weight, the question is why do formula fed babies gain more and is that the cause of many of the known adverse effects of formula feeding

        2) Basically no food has more calories and fat than breast milk, particularly the milk of a mother that has been lactating longer than 6 months or 12 months. If a baby isn’t gaining “enough” weight compared to other breastfed babies the answer is always to increase breastmilk and decrease other foods. Only if the mother can not make more breast milk should other supplements be considered. Feeding a 6 month old three meals a day is going to decrease weight gain and the reason she “eats so much” could be because the standard foods given to babies that age are deficient in fat, protein, zinc and usable iron (50-100% of the iron in breastmilk is absorbed, about 50% of the iron from meat is usable, 4-10% of the iron from fortified cereals is absorbed less if the cereal contains soy proteins.)

        3) 14lbs at 6 months is just below the 15th percentile for breastfed babies, hardly a concerning weight unless the baby dropped a lot of percentiles. For every baby that is in the 85th percentile one must be in the 15th, that’s how percentiles work.
        4) 17lbs 4oz at 8 months is just below the 50th percentile -that’s an *average* sized baby and a big jump in percentiles. 17lbs 4oz and 27″ is again, the 50th percentile.

        Average Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain.html

        WHO -breastfed baby weight-for-age, girls 0-2 years: http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards/cht_wfa_girls_p_0_2.pdf

        WHO -breastfed baby weight-for-length, girls 0-2 years: http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards/cht_wfl_girls_p_0_2.pdf

        How might I increase baby’s weight gain? http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain_increase.html

        Beyond Breastmilk: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ybtqwn6

        Slow weight gain after the first few months: http://www.kellymom.com/newman/25slow_weight_gain.html

        Infant Growth Calculators: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain-calculator.html

  • Olivia

    I was doing some research because I’m concerned my 6 month old is only 14 lbs and then came across this article. It angers me that people who neglect or abuse their children are blessed to have children. Yet those who want children and would cherish their existence, can’t. These parents deserve to rot in jail!

    • The Sallow Thing

      My baby was also only 14lbs at 6 months. The doctor said it was normal for growth to slow down because I breastfeed and formula fed babies are generally fatter, but she had me get the kid on three solids a day. She’s still only 17lbs 4 ounces and 27″ at almost 8 months old. And I’m not starving this kid. She pees plenty, poops twice a day, is energetic and playful, etc. I just can’t understand how she fits all that food in her little belly sometimes. Some people are just small. She’s probably going to be like her daddy. He’s tall and skinny and if he doesn’t eat A LOT he starts looking like he just got out of a concentration camp.

      What these people did to that baby though actually made me cry. I was just imagining him alone in his crib with no one to hold him or comfort him, nothing to eat but curdled formula, sitting in a diaper overflowing with his own waste…pretty upsetting. They should be shot.

      • mystic_eye_cda

        I’m sorry for taking this thread off topic again, but I can’t sit by while breastfeeding misinformation gets passed around. Feel free to ignore the rest of this comment.

        Most doctors have no training in breastfeeding and yet they continue to pass off what they have read in pamphlets from the formula feeding industry and their own “experience” (ie what their mom and family members have told them) as researched medical advice. The fact is most doctors, including pediatricians, have no more business giving you advice on infant feeding than on how to wire you house or rebuild a car engine.

        1) Breastfeeding is the biological norm, so formula fed babies gain weight faster the first 6 months and slower from 6-12 months. The question isn’t why breastfed babies gain less weight, the question is why do formula fed babies gain more and is that the cause of many of the known adverse effects of formula feeding

        2) Basically no food has more calories and fat than breast milk, particularly the milk of a mother that has been lactating longer than 6 months or 12 months. If a baby isn’t gaining “enough” weight compared to other breastfed babies the answer is always to increase breastmilk and decrease other foods. Only if the mother can not make more breast milk should other supplements be considered. Feeding a 6 month old three meals a day is going to decrease weight gain and the reason she “eats so much” could be because the standard foods given to babies that age are deficient in fat, protein, zinc and usable iron (50-100% of the iron in breastmilk is absorbed, about 50% of the iron from meat is usable, 4-10% of the iron from fortified cereals is absorbed less if the cereal contains soy proteins.)

        3) 14lbs at 6 months is just below the 15th percentile for breastfed babies, hardly a concerning weight unless the baby dropped a lot of percentiles. For every baby that is in the 85th percentile one must be in the 15th, that’s how percentiles work.
        4) 17lbs 4oz at 8 months is just below the 50th percentile -that’s an *average* sized baby and a big jump in percentiles. 17lbs 4oz and 27″ is again, the 50th percentile.

        Average Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain.html

        WHO -breastfed baby weight-for-age, girls 0-2 years: http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards/cht_wfa_girls_p_0_2.pdf

        WHO -breastfed baby weight-for-length, girls 0-2 years: http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards/cht_wfl_girls_p_0_2.pdf

        How might I increase baby’s weight gain? http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain_increase.html

        Beyond Breastmilk: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ybtqwn6

        Slow weight gain after the first few months: http://www.kellymom.com/newman/25slow_weight_gain.html

        Infant Growth Calculators: http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain-calculator.html

  • Kathy

    You would be surprised as how well the brain can “catch up” in a young dev delayed child. I pray the foster parents are feeding him foods high in Omega fatty acids which are essential to brain health. I’ve seen kids who were almost starved to death as infants and suffered dev delays recover to the point that you’d never know they were delayed. Good diet, lots of positive interaction… there’s hope!

    • mystic_eye_cda

      While you may not be able to tell they were delayed, and they may still fall on the “normal” curve for IQ and emotional health I still have my doubts that they reached the potential they were born with.

      There is so much evidence that small differences in feeding choices the first year of life have subtle impacts on future mental health and physical health (diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc). And so much evidence that co-sleeping, responsive mothers, etc, etc also impacts mental health AND the adults ability to deal with stress and therefore stress related disease and sleep health. Yes the evidence isn’t conclusive because its so hard to separate the kind of parents that make better choices from the choices themselves.

      But in cases like this with severe malnutrition and almost certainly severe emotional neglect there is going to be an impact. There are going to be long term consequences. Sure no one has perfect parents and most people just do the best they can with the information available at the time.

      I still believe it does a grave disservice to this child to pretend that this won’t have long term effects and punish these people accordingly.

  • Kathy

    You would be surprised as how well the brain can “catch up” in a young dev delayed child. I pray the foster parents are feeding him foods high in Omega fatty acids which are essential to brain health. I’ve seen kids who were almost starved to death as infants and suffered dev delays recover to the point that you’d never know they were delayed. Good diet, lots of positive interaction… there’s hope!

    • mystic_eye_cda

      While you may not be able to tell they were delayed, and they may still fall on the “normal” curve for IQ and emotional health I still have my doubts that they reached the potential they were born with.

      There is so much evidence that small differences in feeding choices the first year of life have subtle impacts on future mental health and physical health (diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc). And so much evidence that co-sleeping, responsive mothers, etc, etc also impacts mental health AND the adults ability to deal with stress and therefore stress related disease and sleep health. Yes the evidence isn’t conclusive because its so hard to separate the kind of parents that make better choices from the choices themselves.

      But in cases like this with severe malnutrition and almost certainly severe emotional neglect there is going to be an impact. There are going to be long term consequences. Sure no one has perfect parents and most people just do the best they can with the information available at the time.

      I still believe it does a grave disservice to this child to pretend that this won’t have long term effects and punish these people accordingly.

  • megan

    Poor baby! My son weighed almost 32 lbs @ 14 mths! My heart goes out 2 this little one. If I could, I’d take him home with me!

  • megan

    Poor baby! My son weighed almost 32 lbs @ 14 mths! My heart goes out 2 this little one. If I could, I’d take him home with me!

  • ana

    This kind of stories pissed me off so much, this two waste of air had a healthy baby and they come and do something like this. poor baby I hope he recovers from this torture.

  • ana

    This kind of stories pissed me off so much, this two waste of air had a healthy baby and they come and do something like this. poor baby I hope he recovers from this torture.

  • Layla

    my 11 WEEK old boy weighs 13lbs! and he is at the 50% percentile. this child will never truly recover from this and his abusers; sentences need to reflect this

    • http://myspace.com/rorhi Jenn from NM

      My 6 week old is almost 13 pounds (and he only gets good ol’ mommy milk, no formula for this bub).

  • Layla

    my 11 WEEK old boy weighs 13lbs! and he is at the 50% percentile. this child will never truly recover from this and his abusers; sentences need to reflect this

    • http://myspace.com/rorhi Jenn from NM

      My 6 week old is almost 13 pounds (and he only gets good ol’ mommy milk, no formula for this bub).

  • amsfast

    starve them and let them rot in a cell. the sad thing is that they will probebly get probation and just have more kids. fuckin idiots

  • amsfast

    starve them and let them rot in a cell. the sad thing is that they will probebly get probation and just have more kids. fuckin idiots

  • mystic_eye_cda

    They may believe he will recover but I find it highly doubtful he be as smart as he should be. He will hopefully be “normal” assuming he started out somewhere around the mid to high range of intelligence. But time and time again its been shown that low fat diets the first 2-3 years cause deficiencies in brain development.

    So while I hope that he hasn’t sustained enough damage to be a sociopath or not intelligent enough to function and while we’d all like to hear he’s going to be fine I believe it does a grave disservice to pretend that this neglect and nutritional deficit at a key devevelopmental time won’t have an effect and these “parents” need to be held accountable for those effects or as we can never prove what he would have been the POTENTIAL of their actions.

    • MrsCatbert2You

      You are correct … I took the recovery to mean physical. We can only hope he will be placed with caring people who will get him the help he needs to function.

  • mystic_eye_cda

    They may believe he will recover but I find it highly doubtful he be as smart as he should be. He will hopefully be “normal” assuming he started out somewhere around the mid to high range of intelligence. But time and time again its been shown that low fat diets the first 2-3 years cause deficiencies in brain development.

    So while I hope that he hasn’t sustained enough damage to be a sociopath or not intelligent enough to function and while we’d all like to hear he’s going to be fine I believe it does a grave disservice to pretend that this neglect and nutritional deficit at a key devevelopmental time won’t have an effect and these “parents” need to be held accountable for those effects or as we can never prove what he would have been the POTENTIAL of their actions.

    • MrsCatbert2You

      You are correct … I took the recovery to mean physical. We can only hope he will be placed with caring people who will get him the help he needs to function.