Christina Calhoun of Tulsa, Oklahoma was arrested on charges of child abuse after her daughter was found by doctors to be severely malnourished and weighing only 19 pounds. Emergency services responded to a call of a child with breathing difficulties last week, and when they got the girl to the hospital for treatment, doctors were shocked at her condition. The child was severely dehydrated and extremely malnourished. According to reports, doctors believe that the lack of proper medical care and nutrition may have exacerbated unnamed existing medical conditions, too.
Calhoun, 25, had reportedly been involved in several cases with the local Department of Human Services regarding potential child neglect. Previous welfare checks on the daughter had been hampered by Calhoun covering the girl with a blanket and only allowing officials to see the girl’s face. There were reports that Calhoun had been offered assistance in caring for the child in the past, but she either didn’t accept the help or didn’t cooperate when she did accept it.
The investigation is ongoing, as police believe that there may have been others who knew of the child’s condition without reporting it to the Department of Human Services or the police. There is a mandatory reporting requirement by Oklahoma law for anyone suspecting or knowing that a child is being abused or neglected.
Calhoun is currently being held on $100,000 bond in the Tulsa County Jail. Her next court appearance is reportedly scheduled for Tuesday, January 12.
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