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Woman pleads guilty in starvation of Joplin child

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 10, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin woman has pleaded guilty for her role in the starvation of the girl who weighed only 12 pounds when she was hospitalized at age 3.

Christina Haidle, 28, pleaded guilty Monday to felony child abuse in a plea deal that drops two other charges. Haidle lived with Beth Williams, 28, the girl's mother, who pleaded guilty last month to the same charge under a similar plea deal.

Prosecutors said when the girl was taken to a Joplin hospital in July 2012, she was unconscious, with a blood sugar level of zero and a pulse so faint that hospital workers had to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, The Joplin Globe reported.

Haidle's plea agreement requires her to serve a minimum of five years before becoming eligible for parole. Haidle will be sentenced Feb. 10. Williams is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 18. Circuit Judge David Dally on Monday ordered a sentencing-assessment report for Haidle.

Both women have remained in custody since their arrests in July 2012.

A doctor who cared for the girl throughout the first year of her life testified at a preliminary hearing last year that she became concerned about the child when she weighed only 17.6 pounds at her one-year checkup. The mother then stopped keeping regular appointments with the doctor.

The doctor testified that two months after being taken from the women's home, the girl had grown 2 inches and gained 15 pounds.


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HM2 says... December 10, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.

Screw the plea deal, put both of them on strictly bread and water for a minimum of ten years, then diminished rations for the remainder of their worthless lives.

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FreeSpiritMan says... December 10, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.

Wh didn't the doctor report suspected child abuse at the one year check up ?

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Populist says... December 10, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.


Most kids triple their weight by their first birthday, and thus would weigh around 21 pounds. 17.6 is below normal, but not so far off the grid if the baby is just small. My little one is on the bottom 10% of the grid because he has numerous health issues. He is twelve and only 70 pounds. We feed him as much as he wants and take him to the finest doctors. He also is very athletic and is nothing but bones and muscle. It is much work to keep him healthy. Not all children who are underweight are victims of child abuse; some of them are just sick.

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