A mother from Milwaukee is facing child neglect charges after the death of her 42-pound teen son earlier this month.
Hector Pizarro, 16, died on Sept. 4 at a local medical clinic where his mother, Iraida Pizarro-Osorio, took him after he became unresponsive.
A complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court said Hector appeared emaciated and that his skeletal structure was visible underneath his skin.
The mother told police her son had a chromosome disorder, was epileptic and autistic and that his condition inhibited his ability to gain weight. He had the mental capacity of a small child and had never weighed more than 75 to 80 pounds, Pizarro-Osorio said.
She told investigators that she gave him “normal” food, a liquid supplement, milk and other liquids, but his appetite began to diminish over the last two weeks.
She admitted to lying to investigators about traveling to Puerto Rico and having doctors refuse to see the boy because she didn’t have insurance, prosecutors said.
Pizarro-Osorio said she had prior referrals to child protective services and was afraid of losing her son and two other children.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s autopsy revealed multiple signs of severe malnutrition and that the teen weight just 42 pounds. His cause of death is still pending.
Pizarro-Osorio was charged with one count of chronic child neglect resulting in great bodily harm.
With News Wires Services.