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Couple charged after 5-year-old weighs only 28 pounds


SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — Johnson County authorities say a couple is charged with child abuse and endangerment after they brought a 5-year-old boy to a hospital weighing only 28 pounds.

The Kansas City Star reports 28-year-old Elizabeth Francis and 35-year-old John Carter, of Shawnee, are each charged with abuse of a child and aggravated endangerment of a child.

Court documents say investigators were called to Children's Mercy Hospital in December. Doctors said the boy suffered malnutrition from starvation, a distended stomach and a perforated bowel caused by blunt force trauma. He also had br...

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