Vermilion: 18-month-old weighed only 12 pounds

5:42 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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VERMILION -- There are alarming new details in the investigation into the Vermilion 18-month-old found dead in his crib due to malnutrition

Isaac died of malnutrition, dehydration, and collapsed lungs.

Erie County Sheriff's detectives are waiting on the final autopsy report which will include the manner of death. Homicide has not been ruled out.

We spoke with the infant's grandmother, Sharon Bartholomew. She says the family has been through enough and referred us to her lawyer.

Six other children ages four through 11 were taken from the home.

Four of them remain in Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland being treated for malnutrition.

So far the sheriff's investigation shows the parents, Adrienne Bartholomew and James Brothers, routinely cancelled social worker visits and medical appointments for the kids.

Neither parent has been charged with any crimes in connection with this case.

"We're having trouble confirming what the parents told us about the medical condition of the kids. We've seen a lot of incidents where there were appointments set up with doctors or community outreach programs then cancelled or the parents just didn't show up," Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

Vermilion Superintendent of schools Phil Pempin says some of the children were enrolled in the district's special education program .

They were receiving services that included home visits.

The superintendent did not know the last time a program representative was in the house.


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