KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities say a 10-year-old Kansas City girl who weighed just 32 pounds was found locked in a closet that reeked of urine.She had two other kids, who were healthy. She kept this child hidden because she knew if someone saw her, she would be in trouble.
Prosecutors filed charges of assault and child abuse and endangerment against the girl's 29-year-old mother Saturday in Jackson County Circuit Court. The Associated Press is not naming the mother to protect the child's identity.
Officers freed the girl from the closet after responding Friday morning to a call to a child abuse hotline. The mother was arrested later after she was found with two younger children.
There is no explanation for why she didn't just feed the child. The fact that she's alive is a miracle. If she makes anything close to a full recovery, it will be yet another one. I'll be following this one for a long time.