- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman whose 11-year-old disabled son weighed only 28 pounds during a medical exam in March has been charged with child cruelty, assault and other crimes, police said.

Alison Rosa, 29, of East Hartford, was arrested Monday and arraigned Tuesday in Manchester Superior Court. She is detained on $350,000 bail.

East Hartford police wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit that Rosa’s son has cerebral palsy, is quadriplegic and has other health problems. Police say Rosa severely neglected her son’s needs and missed more than 50 doctor’s appointments for him over the past seven years.

The boy, who doctors feared might die, is now in state custody and has regained weight, authorities said.

It’s not clear if Rosa has a lawyer who could comment on her behalf. Police said Rosa told them she was receiving state aid and her financial problems contributed to a lack of care for her son. She also said she missed numerous doctor’s appointments because of bad weather and problems with state medical transportation services.

A nurse at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford alerted the state Department of Children and Families after the child was examined in March and weighed only 28.6 pounds. DCF officials then notified police. The nurse said the boy had weighed 36 pounds during a visit last August.

Doctors at the medical center diagnosed the boy with moderate to severe malnutrition and blamed his condition on “inadequate caloric intake,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Doctors said there was evidence of chronic malnutrition.

Authorities said Rosa did not have the medical devices that her son needed including a properly maintained feeding tube, and Rosa claimed the equipment had broken. Doctors also said Rosa went at least six months without accepting a delivery of prescription formula for the boy, the affidavit said.

Rosa is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 21.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide