Two women were arrested and face several charges including attempted murder of a child by a parent. Sabrina Smith, 41, and her roommate, 30-year-old Amanda Wills were arrested and charged with child abuse substantial injury, child neglect with substantial risk of injury or death, and attempted murder of a child by a parent or a guardian. Bond for both women were set at $500,000. Chief Detective for Beckley Police, Jeffrey Shumate, said due to the severe injuries the child suffered its the worst child neglect case he has seen in 20 years. They did admit they would tie her down with zip ties to the seat, because they didn't want her to get into the cabinet inside the kitchen, he said. :furious: Despite the charges Smith said she is sticking to her story of innocence. "I' know I'm being misunderstood, she said. [oooooh - puhLEEEEEEZE!!!] Smith had six other children in her custody, but all of them including the six-year-old are now in Child Protective Services. more here http://www.wvnstv.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=88374 ======================================= Beckley, W.Va (WVVA)- A mother and her roommate are charged with attempted murder and child abuse of her 6-year-old daughter. In September the child was rushed to Raleigh General Hospital after she stopping breathing. She only weighed 18 lbs. Doctors and nurses told police the child was so small they weighed her in an infant scale. Her core temperature was 80 degrees and she had a blood sugar level of two. According to Child Protective Services, the child also had large bruises on her face and a large pressure sore on her lower back from being strapped in a car seat. According to reports, the women would strap the child in the uncovered car seat with zip ties inside the home over night. more here http://www.wvva.com/Global/story.asp?S=13392482 Bless this little angel's heart - she must have been nothing but bones to weigh only 18lbs....what could her 'mother' have been thinking? how could she have looked at her while she starved to death right in front of her? And the roommate could stand by & let this happen????? I know I shouldn't be stunned - but I always am because I just don't know how this can happen.