10-year-old who suffered malnutrition with parents died accidentally in Cleveland foster home
CLEVELAND- The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner ruled the death of a 10-year-old child in foster care was accidental.
Dr. Thomas Gilson said Xavier James Brothers-Bartholomew died from “positional asphyxia” in January. The boy also had other medical conditions and that contributed to his death.
Dr. Gilson told Fox 8 News the boy was face down unable to breathe, and his body was unable to correct itself.
Investigators in Erie County obtained permanent custody of the child after his parents were arrested in 2012 when Xavier’s 18-month-old brother was found dead at their Vermilion home. At the time, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said there were six other children in the home suffering from malnourishment, including a 6-year-old who weighed only 23 pounds.
Xavier was placed in foster care at a home on East 160th in Cleveland. Paramedics were called there on Jan. 4.