Malnourished central Indiana teen nearly doubles weight

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ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A prosecutor says a 16-year-old central Indiana who weighed less than 40 pounds when rushed to a hospital has nearly doubled her weight.

Deputy Madison County Prosecutor Stephanie Wade said Monday the girl now weighs about 70 pounds, can say a few words and has been released from the hospital into foster care.

The physically and mentally disabled girl was found severely malnourished Dec. 1 inside the Anderson home she shared with her grandparents.

The Herald Bulletin reports Madison Circuit Judge Dennis Carroll set an Aug. 16 trial date for the girl’s aunt, who faces three counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, three counts of criminal confinement and one count of battery resulting in injury.

The grandparents also face neglect and other charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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