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  1. #1
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    Aug 2008
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    TX - A tiny starved boy's fight for survival 3 yr. old 17lbs

    His mother has been jailed, and his protector is the state. His home is a hospital, and his health is nearly as fragile as the day he landed in the ER at Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital.

    Weighing just 17 pounds, 3-year-old Kayvon Lewis arrived in the emergency room last month extremely malnourished, dehydrated and at risk of heart failure and liver damage. He can neither walk nor talk. He is blind and suffers seizures, sometimes five a day.

    His mother, authorities say, was starving him to death, a form of child abuse so rare that doctors almost never see it.

    Much more at link http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/6743344.html

  2. #2
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    Jun 2008
    The Carolina's
    This is horribly sad. It just proves, yet again, that some people just can't be parents.

    Hang in there little one. I pray you get the medical treatment you need. Stay strong.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2009
    Sweet Jesus.

    And another CPS and family failure. From the article:
    And as is often the case, a lengthy list of people knew about the boy's eroding condition, but failed to intervene.

    [...]at 9 months of age... Doctors found he had seizures, scoliosis and asthma, underlying health problems. But they told CPS those conditions could not be responsible for his starved state.

    “The only reasonable explanation for his starvation is physical neglect,” their report stated.

    CPS investigated its first complaint about the boy's care in January 2008. They found Kayvon's mother was “intoxicated on drugs” and the child appeared to be a “failure to thrive child.”
    The case was closed on April 1, 2008.
    In interviews, Kayvon's relatives admitted to officials that they had told Holliday to take Kayvon to the hospital on other occasions. But when she didn't, they did not call his doctors or CPS
    Always JMO, FWIW, YMMV...

  4. #4
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    Dec 2008
    Silicon Hills
    bless this little guy...and I wish there was a way to charge everyone in the family that did nothing to save him.
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    But if that drop was not in the ocean,
    I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
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  5. #5
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    Jun 2008
    Around here somewhere
    Poor little boy. Just makes me sick.
    The situation is sick. The mother is just evil.

    3 months supervision after catching the mother high? I won't say they should have done something for the failure to thrive, as I have ever met a CPS worker that was equipped to make a medical diagnosis, and it doesn't sound like that came from a doctor.
    (In this case it did signify neglect, but not in every case and the workers aren't qualified to make the determination.)
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

  6. #6
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    Sep 2009
    That's awful. My son is 34 pounds at 3 years old. I can't imagine! Will she serve a jail sentence? My aunt starved her boy when he was an infant and it caused some side effects for his future, but I don't think she served a jail term for it. (Isn't that the worst!?)

    Just horrible. I'll pray for the little boy.

  7. #7
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    Aug 2008
    State of Disbelief. SC
    From momtective's link.

    Now, two months later, Kayvon's intake of liquid formula is monitored constantly. Too much food at this stage can overwhelm the underdeveloped organs of his tiny 17-pound body. A white mesh glove has been placed over his left hand to keep him from sucking it. Kayvon was starved for so long, he had sucked his thumb raw and a sore developed.

    This just made me weep.
    Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
    We are all just trying to make sense of an unimaginable crime.

  8. #8
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    Aug 2009
    ....AAAARRRGGGHHHHH!!! Grrr I just want to KILLKILLKILL this woman! Oh, and the relatives who saw that he looked like a human bobblehead yet never, God forbid, "interfered! AND his "pediatrician" who obviously is not fit to practice.
    George Eliot: "We constantly ask for God's mercy while showing none ourselves..."

  9. #9
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    North Carolina
    How can so many people fail this poor child? I wish they would bring charges against everyone, including the doctor, that failed to help him. Hang in there Kayvon. May God bless him, I hope there is a real family waiting for him when he recovers.
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    I don't understand how these poor children are failed over and over, time and time again.
    God bless this precious child...
    That's all I can muster without risking a TO.
    "Lost is not alone..." T. Miller, Founder TES (and MY HERO!!!)

    "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will." -

    Edward Everett Hale

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  12. #12
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    May 2009
    State of Being
    There are some stories that literally take my breath away.

    I wish we could find an update on Kayvon's condition, and be told that he is in the care of angels here on earth who will cherish him forever.

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