A mother was arrested Friday after her teenage son was admitted to a hospital in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, weighing only 26 pounds.
October 23, authorities went to 41-year-old Elisabet Estrada’s home on Kelhigh Drive where they found the emaciated 16-year-old and immediately took him to Hershey Medical Center, according to the Chambersburg Public Opinion.
Estrada’s other children appeared to be in good health when police and officials with Franklin County Children and Youth Services returned to check on them on October 24, court documents said.
At the hospital, police noted that he was lying in the fetal position and seemed unable to stretch himself out in the bed.
The boy’s condition was due to malnutrition and medical neglect because the mother “failed to seek appropriate medical care from an early age until he was 16 years of age and failed to appropriately feed him,” a doctor at Penn State Hershey Medical Center said.