Arrests Made in Malnourished Toddler Death

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ERIE COUNTY- Arrests are made in a toddler’s death, after the 18-month-old died of malnutrition.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says the child’s parents and grandmother have been indicted.

62-year-old Deborah Nelson, the toddler’s grandmother, faces serious charges that include two counts of involuntary manslaughter and five counts of endangering children.

The boy’s parents, 35-year-old Adrienne Bartholomew and 33-year-old James Brothers, face the same charges.

In November, the little boy was found dead at his Risden Road home in Vermilion.

According to the incident report, the child’s mother called 911 after a sibling discovered the unresponsive baby in a bedroom. The boy was declared dead shortly after paramedics arrived at the scene. 

“When the ambulance got there, the father met the ambulance near the road and it was determined at that point that the child was not breathing and appeared to be deceased,” said Sheriff Paul Sigsworth.

“The child appeared to be malnourished, the parents indicate there are a number of medical issues relating to this child but we also have the issue of the malnourishment, so the entire situation surrounding the death of that child is still under investigation,” said Sigsworth.

According to authorities, six other children were living in the home.  Some of the siblings were grossly underweight and only ate with the help of feeding tubes.  According to the report from the Erie County Sheriff, “There were various medical and baby supplies, along with an IV pole consisting of two electronic pumps.  There was an empty IV solution bag hanging on the pole, with a tube running from the bag to a GRACO crib bed. There was an extraordinary amount of medical supplies about the room.”

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**FOX 8 News reporter Mark Zinni contributed to this report**

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