- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

ELDRIDGE, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa couple have been charged after doctors say a boy in their care suffered long-term starvation and had been denied medical care.

The Quad-City Times reports (https://bit.ly/1WQPkRY ) that the boy’s 29-year-old mother and her 24-year-old live-in boyfriend were arrested and charged with one count each of child endangerment causing serious injury. Their bonds were set Friday at $25,000 each. If convicted, each faces up to 10 years in prison.

Eldridge police say the boy, who is the woman’s son, suffers from a disorder that doesn’t allow his body to process proteins. He was admitted to a hospital in Iowa city in February near death. Doctors found him to be suffering from long-term starvation. Police also say the boy had not received required medical care for three years.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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