BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Prosecutors have formally charged the mother of a 15-year-old boy who police say weighed just 47 pounds when an officer found him last month.
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the child was discovered July 8, 2015 after an officer responded to a loud music complaint at a home located on North 46th Street. He was reportedly rescued while having a seizure.
Officers said EMS reported the boy was stuck to the cot from his feces and urine he was laying in for days at a time. Police added EMS also advised there were bug bites all over his body and a large bed sore on his hip.
The boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he remains.
When the officer arrived at the home, he found 49-year-old Rose Holland and 54-year-old Cathy Fort sitting inside a vehicle and the officer claims to have seen a glass pipe sitting on the front passenger side of the floor board along with broken pieces of suspected crack cocaine. While the officer questioned Fort, he told Holland to go inside the home and turn down the loud music.
Both Holland and Fort were arrested for possession of schedule II drugs (crack cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Holland, the child's mother, was issued an additional charge of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.
Holland faces a 40-year prison term if convicted of the charges.
Fort has been released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $10,000 bond. Holland is being held on a $150,000 bond.
Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier says because of this case, policy changes will happen immediately.
DCFS case workers will now work with a team of medical professionals to help them evaluate whether parents/caretakers are capable of caring for special needs, non-verbal children.