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Police: 25-pound boy nearly starved, beaten by family


(CNN) — A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly starved and weighed only 25 pounds when he arrived at a hospital, authorities said. The boy sometimes ate insects he caught on his porch.

The boy’s mother, Mary Rader, 28, and his grandparents, Dennis and Deana Beighley, turned themselves in at the Mercer County District Attorney’s office Wednesday. They were charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint of a minor, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy, according to court documents.

The Sharon Herald reported Saturday that child welfare authorities took the Greenville boy to a hospital last month after he was found looking like a human skeleton.

“The child was starved,” Dr. Jennifer Wolford of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Child Advocacy Center was quoted as saying in a criminal complaint. She described the boy as “the worst case of medical neglect that I have ever seen in my seven years as a pediatrician.”

The unidentified boy lived with his mother and grandparents and three siblings — two sisters, ages 4 and 11, and a 9-year-old brother, the paper reported.

The two girls appeared healthy, the criminal complaint said. The brother was underweight though not as severely as the victim.

Since June 6, hospital officials said the boy has gained 20 pounds, The Herald reported.

“The most important medicine used to treat him at the hospital was food,” Wolford said in the complaint. “He was within a month of having a major cardiac event that he probably would not have recovered from . … It is impossible to me that this severe neglect and active abuse was not visible. He was being starved in his own home around others of normal weight.”

Rader and the Beighleys turned themselves into authorities with attorney James Stranahan, who did not immediately return calls seeking comment on Saturday.

According the complaint, Rader was home-schooling the victim. The only time he was allowed outside was to be on the back porch, where he sometimes fed on bugs. The boy was only given small portions of tuna fish and eggs.

The victim was often beaten with a belt, sometimes for sneaking bread and peanut butter without permission, the complaint said. He also was punished with ice-cold showers.

The mother and grandparents — who were released on bond — will appear before District Judge Brian Arthur on July 30.

The children have been placed in the care of child welfare authorities.

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4 dead in Philadelphia row house fire

PHILADELPHIA fire


(CNN) — Four children died and dozens of residents were displaced when a fire swept through eight row houses in Philadelphia early Saturday morning, authorities said.

“This is a tragic, tragic day for the city of Philadelphia. Tragic. We lost four children today. And I want everybody to understand that fire is everyone’s fight. Not just the fire department. It’s everyone’s fight,” Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said.

The four children were found dead in the same home where the fire started, according to Sawyer.

People tried to rescue the children, who were trapped during the fire, CNN affiliate WPVI reported.

The victims were a 1-month-old baby boy, 4-year-old twin girls and a 4-year-old boy, according to WPVI. Two 11-year-old girls suffered smoke inhalation, the report said.

Sawyer told CNN that the victims have not been identified and that he does not know their ages.

At least 10 people were at the home at the time of the fire, and not all of them were residents, according to Sawyer. A family member was babysitting the children.

Sawyer said escort that five people from the same home were transported to the hospital, at least two of them minors under the age of 13.

The three-alarm fire was reported at 2:46 a.m. in the southwest part of the city bursa, the fire department said.

Heavy fire in three homes spread to five more homes via wooden porch roofs, Sawyer said.

At least 42 people were displaced, Sawyer said. Another local news report said a shelter had been set up for people at a nearby high school.

The blaze is now under control.

Authorities believe the fire started on the porch in a couch, according to their preliminary investigation.

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