10-year-old who died in Cleveland was removed from Vermilion home for malnourishment

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CLEVELAND- The 10-year-old boy who died Sunday afternoon in Cleveland was removed from a Vermilion home in 2012 for malnourishment after his younger brother died.

Police and emergency crews were called to the house on East 160th Street near Trafalgar Avenue in Cleveland at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Xavier Brothers-Bartholomew was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Cleveland police homicide unit is handling the investigation, according to the police report.

Erie County Children Services officials said they are heartbroken over Xavier's death. The county obtained permanent custody of him after his parents were arrested in connection with another sibling's death.

"It's a very sad day for us,"  said Karen Balconi Ghezzi, director of Erie County Children Services.

Erie County Children Services  officials said Xavier had several medical issues, so he was placed in a specialized, medically-supervised home. A case worker visited him weekly and said he was receiving good care at the foster home in Cleveland.

In 2012, Xavier's 18-month-old brother found dead at their Vermilion home. 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.

Deputies arrested the parents, 35-year-old Adrienne Bartholomew and 33-year-old James Brothers, as well as the grandmother, 62-year-old Deborah Nelson. They pleaded guilty to endangering children and were sentenced to prison time.

The family had a history of neglect reported with the Department of Job and Family Services in Erie and Cuyahoga counties.

For more stories on the 2012 Vermilion neglect case, click here.

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