Tulsa police arrested a couple after DHS reported their 2-year old weighed only 13 pounds.
Police said the Department of Human Services called the Child Crisis unit to report a toddler in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital.
The 2-year-old weighed only 13 pounds. The child had been taken into DHS custody for failure to thrive and was supposed to have weekly weight checks beginning on July 19, 2012. Police say the child had not been medically observed since then.
The child is in critical condition and has already coded once, according to the police report. Police say the parents, Elizabeth Pester and Mark Knapp, left the hospital after just a couple of hours.
Hospital workers told police the mother called and said she wasn't coming back to the hospital until Thursday. The couple lives three miles from the hospital.
Police went to their home to arrest them and found the couple playing video games. Police said Knapp asked if they were there because the baby died. Police told them the baby was still alive.
They are both charged with child neglect.
FOX23 got this statement from the Department of Human Services:
"There’s always much more to the story, but DHS is not at liberty to discuss the details of the case. Situations sometimes occur where parents may try to elude DHS or will not cooperate. We do take our responsibility to monitor a child’s safety very seriously. Parents, however, are also responsible for the safety and proper care of their children."
--Mark Beutler, DHS spokesman