July 25, 2012

Beth Williams - Charged With Starving 3-Year-Old Daughter, Child Weighed Just 12 Pounds!

Beth Williams (left) Christina Haidle (right)

Joplin, Missouri (The Weekly Vice) - Beth Williams, 26, and her roommate, 27-year-old Christina Haidle were jailed after Williams's unresponsive 3-year-old daughter arrived at a local emergency room weighing just 12 pounds.

According to Jasper County Police, officers were called after Williams took her 3-year-old daughter to Joplin Hospital and the girl appeared to be suffering from abuse.

The toddler was unresponsive when she arrived, and only weighed 12 pounds. Her blood sugar level was zero, her body temperature was too low to register, and her pulse was so faint CPR had to be performed to save her life.

Doctors determined that the child was suffering from severe malnutrition, and critical care was needed to prevent dehydration, sepsis, circulatory failure, shock, and respiratory failure, all of which are fatal. She was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield where she received further treatment.

Investigators say during the child's first four days of hospitalization, she gained three pounds, making it obvious that she had been nutritionally deprived. She was placed with a foster family after being released from the hospital, and gained two more pounds in less than a week. Williams and Haidle, who admitted to being the child's secondary care provider, were both apprehended.

Williams and Haidle were booked into jail and charged with felony child endangerment. Bond has been set at $500,000 each.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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