MOSES LAKE, Wash.– Grant County detectives are investigating a suspected case of child abuse or neglect, which has left a two-year-old Moses Lake boy on life support.
Deputies, AMR paramedics and Fire District 5 EMTs were called around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday to a home near Moses Lake. Responders found a two-year-old boy, who appeared extremely malnourished, without a heartbeat.
Firefighters gave him CPR, and paramedics were able to get the boy’s heart beating again. He was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake and then flown by MedStar to Providence-Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he remains on life support.
When he was admitted to the hospital, the boy weighed 9.9 pounds. In comparison, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the average weight range of a two-year-old boy in the United States is 34 to 48 pounds.
One of the investigating detectives, a 23-year law enforcement veteran, calls this the worst case of child abuse or neglect he has ever seen.
Detectives served a search warrant to the home Wednesday night and gathered several pieces of evidence. Four other children who lived at the home, a 14-year-old boy and three girls ages 10, 7 and 4, are now in the custody of Child Protective Services in Spokane. They are doing well and show no signs of physical abuse or injury, according to the sheriff's office.
The Department of Social and Health Services is also involved with the abused child. DSHS says they had no prior contact with the family until they were called about the current situation.
Neighbors told KREM 2 News that the family kept mostly to themselves.
The investigation is open and continues.