A married mother-of-three from Florida has been charged with child neglect causing great harm after her five-year-old son was discovered so malnourished that his weight was not even on the growth chart for his age group.
Naomie Hall, 24, of DeLand, was arrested on Thursday after an officer with the Department of Children and Families arrived at her home on North Alabama Avenue to investigate child neglect claims.
According to a charging affidavit reviewed by DailyMail.com, the child protective investigator with the DCF entered the family’s home to find Hall’s five-year-old son laying on the living room floor and eating old cereal scattered around a dirty carpet.
‘The victim appeared dehydrated, thin and had dry skin,’ according to the document.
Hall, who also has a younger son and a daughter with her husband, admitted to the investigator that she has not been giving her son medication prescribed to help boost his weight and allowed him to go three to four days at a time without food without making any attempt to offer him nourishment.
A preliminary medical examination of the child revealed that at age five, he weighed just 24.9lbs, which is an average weight for a healthy 15-month-old boy.
The doctor who conducted the checkup also found evidence of medical neglect and failure to thrive, according to the affidavit.
In April, a gastroenterologist prescribed an appetite stimulant for the boy because he was severely malnourished and underweight, but his mother allegedly refused to give it to him, claiming that the drug made the boy ‘sleepy and did not work for him.’
The kindergarten-aged victim could not speak, walk or stand, according to the police report. Hall told the caseworker that ‘she does not communicate with the victim.’
Instead, she would check on him at random times and determine if he may be in need of something by reading his facial expressions.
‘She also stated she knows when the victim is hungry because he will chew on his hands,’ the charging document said.
The five-year-old boy has not received any form of education or has been taught to communicate by anyone in his family.
Following the initial exam performed at a Child Protection Team Office, the starving boy was taken to Halifax Hospital, where a doctor observed that his hands and feet were orange, dry and peeling, and he also had blisters on his feet.
The child was dressed in filthy clothing and appeared to not have had a bath in a while, according to the charging document.
Tests performed at the hospital found that the five-year-old was clinically malnourished had high levels of sodium in his body, which is a sign of dehydration. He was admitted into the ICU in case of seizures and cardiac arrest.
He will remain at the hospital getting fed and medical staff will be monitoring his lab work and weight gain.
Naomie Hall was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail after refusing to be interviewed by the Daytona Beach Police.
According to Hall’s Facebook page, her youngest child, a boy, was born in the spring of 2016. She also has a daughter who will be turning three in August.