A Memphis mother is charged with aggravated child abuse after her 6-year-old son with developmental disabilities was found to be living in horrifying conditions.
According to an arrest affidavit, the Department of Children Services had been looking for Andrea Caldwell, 32, and her sons for more than eight months. On December 8, she was finally located at a hotel on Summer Avenue.
Police said the 6-year-old boy was born with severe development disabilities and needs frequent care for medical professionals.
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A DCS worker who went to the hotel documents the deplorable conditions of the child. He had bruises on his body, bed sores, matted hair, and smelled of urine, according to the arrest affidavit for Andrea Caldwell.
DCS also said the boy was extremely small in weight, and his feeding tube was “dirty and clogged, and did not appear to be operable.” The 6-year-old was allegedly being fed baby formula, which did not meet his specified nutritional needs.
Andrea Caldwell failed to use free nutritional materials that were provided by social services, according to police.
The 6-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he was found to be “severely malnourished” and “dehydrated,” according to police.
The child weighed on 13 pounds. He had lost 40 pounds since he was last seen by doctors in March of 2017.
According to hospital and DCS records, Andrea and the child had canceled or “no showed” for 13 appointments since April.
Andrea Caldwell has been charged with aggravated child abuse/neglect. She is being held on a $175,000 bond.
June Caldwell said the accusations of child neglect against her daughter Andrea Caldwell are not true.
"She has been taking care of this baby since the day he was born,” June said.
"I know its breaking her heart because her kids is all she has. They even took her four-year-old son,” Angela Caldwell said, Andrea's sister. "I don't believe it was 13. I know she missed a few because I wrecked the car and she hasn't had any transportation,” Angela said.
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