The parents, who are from Centralia, Washington, have fled from authorities after it came to light that their 16-year-old son had suffered years of maltreatment at their hands.
Doctors Horrified At State Of Teenager
The authorities became aware of the teenager’s chronic condition when the parents sought medical advice about his condition.
The doctors immediately realized that there was cause for concern, and alerted the authorities. Q13 Fox reported that the police found the teenager in a terrible state at their home.
The plight of this teenager came to the attention of the authorities after his parents asked for medical help last year.
They expressed concern that the boy had not eaten anything for the previous three weeks, and intimated that it was the reason why he had lost so much weight.
They claimed that he had stopped eating because he was suffering from depression. He was admitted to the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital where he was examined by doctors.
They became instantly alarmed when he weighed in at only 54 pounds (just over 24 kg.) This is chronically under-weight for a boy in his mid- teens.
Too Weak To Stand On His Own
Further questions about his wellbeing were raised as they continued their examinations. They found that the boy was too weak to stand up unsupported for any length of time.
X-rays revealed that his bone age had not matured proportionately, and was estimated to be that of a 13 year old.
At first sight, doctors had assumed that he was about eight years old, and were shocked and horrified to find out that he was 16 years of age.
It was not possible to give the teenager a throat examination. This was due to the fact that he was unable to open his mouth wide enough.
From what little could be seen, it was obvious from the state of his teeth, that he had not received the dental support that he was desperately in need of. He had 24 teeth that needed urgent attention.
There were numerous, large bald patches on his head, and it soon became clear that he was suffering for numerous other medical problems as well.