CHARLOTTESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A couple was charged with neglect after they only fed their child 30 ounces of breastmilk a day.
The toddler was severely malnourished and underweight, police said.
According to 24-Hour News 8’s partner, The Greenfield Daily Reporter, Ashley Swafford, 30 and Andrew Swafford, 37, both face neglect charges after the state learned their 15-month-old son weighed as much as a healthy newborn.
Court documents state the boy suffered from malnutrition, iron deficiency, dehydration and Vitamin D deficiency.
The boy was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health after his parents took him to the doctor. The doctors at Riley tried to teach the parents about proper feeding schedules but they didn’t think anything was wrong.
Their son couldn’t walk and had trouble sitting up by himself, court documents state.
Doctors had to keep the Swaffords out of their toddler’s room so that they wouldn’t interfere with his care and to ensure he was being fed properly.
The child is now living with a foster family.
The couple are currently being held in the Hancock County Jail without bond.