Vermilion couple has past neglect complaints

5:38 PM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
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VERMILION -- The Vermilion couple under investigation for the starvation death of their infant and the treatment of six other children in the home, have had neglect complaints in the past.

Two Children and Family Services Directors that have handled the Brothers-Bartholomew family, plus Erie County Sheriff's investigators, verify that, in little Isaac's 18 months of life, his parents skipped medical apointments and and turned away county help.

Investigators close to the case say as recently as last June, representatives of the "Help Me Grow" program were inside the home and working with the couple's seven children.

It was the last time social workers were allowed inside the house.

A Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services spokesperson tells Channel 3 that parents Adrienne Bartholomew and James Brothers were the subject of a neglect complaint.

The complaint was the neglect of significant needs of a medical nature.

In 2007 a second neglect complaint lead to court-ordered supervision by children services.

Erie County Children and Family Services says all but one of the seven kids have varying degrees of mental and physical disabilities.

Parents told investigators that such disabilities lead to malnourishment.

A six-year-old taken from the home weighed only 23 pounds.

Four of the children are being treated at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. The other two are in protective custody.

Past complaints, canceled social worker visits and medical appointments are all part of the county sheriff's investigation.

The prosecutor could have that report by week's end.


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