CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Fox 8 I-Team has found a young mother charged with child endangering for starving her baby and we’ve found social workers had taken children away from the mother before.
A police report shows the latest case came to light when the mother took the child to a doctor for a check-up, and doctors at University Hospitals found the little girl weighing just 11 pounds days before her first birthday. That police report shows a child that age would normally weigh about twice as much.
Now Cleveland Child Abuse detectives have charged 23-year-old Kayla Evans. Police say they were told the child was “underfed and mentally behind” and Evans had missed at least 14 health and welfare appointments.
At the mother’s apartment on the east side, we found a card from social workers.
It said, “call immediately.”
Meantime, records show Cuyahoga County Social Workers took two kids away from Evans before for “failure to properly supervise” the kids. The family was reunited last year.
Neighbors told us they had noticed the baby’s size, but they didn’t think much of it.
As for the father, we couldn’t find him. Court records show that he has “failed to support, visit, or communicate” with the child.
Social workers have now taken 3 kids away from the mother including the baby. The hospital told police the little one was admitted and she immediately started gaining weight.
A Cuyahoga County spokesperson did not respond to our phone calls looking to find out more the involvement of social workers with this family.