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Mom Charged After Malnourished 9-Month Old Weighs In At Seven Pounds

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A baby born almost a year ago remains in intensive care for malnutrition while his mother faces charges of injury to a child after he was taken to the hospital in November. The child reportedly weighed just 7 pounds, 9 ounces and severely malnourished.

“The child, at nine months old, weighs what a newborn would weigh,” said Assistant Harris County District Attorney.

Walteria Bledsoe, 23, was arraigned in state District Judge Marc Carter’s court Monday after charges were filed last week. Bledsoe, a Houston mother of three, faces life in prison if convicted of the first-degree felony. She is free on $20,000 bail. In court, she said she had yet to hire an attorney.

Varius Bledsoe was born premature, at 28 weeks, on Feb. 29, and spent 10 weeks in the hospital. He weighed more than 5 pounds at that time.

Baimbridge said Bledsoe took the boy to the hospital because he kept vomiting the evaporated milk, not baby formula, she was trying to feed him.

When he was put in neonatal intensive care in November, he had hypoglycemia and he was unable to metabolize any food, Baimbridge said. He had renal failure, liver failure and heart failure, court records show.

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