Neglected 2-month-old hospitalized with possible brain bleed, parents arrested

Tamera Weinert in court on April 16, 2018 (KATU News photo)

A Washington couple is facing charges of criminal mistreatment after a friend uncovered their 2-month-old child was severely malnourished.

The parents, Tamera Weinert and Kirk Lee, were arrested on charges of criminal mistreatment and appeared in court Monday.

The pair have two children together, a 2-month-old baby boy and a 6-year-old girl.

Court documents say Angelia Gavagan, a friend of the couple, was taking care of their 2-month-old child last Friday when she noticed he was malnourished, had blisters on his genitals, a severe rash and was badly in need of a clean diaper.

"You could see ribs, vertebrae, collar bones, legs were skinny, arms were skinny, he looked like one of those kids you would see on those commercials," Gavagan said.

Documents say Gavagan observed the baby had trouble crying and breathing, and was "nothing but bone." She tried to call Washington CPS but after four tries, no one answered.

"He was trying to project but he couldn’t, its just like he didn’t have the strenghth," Gavagan said.

Lee and Weinert came back to Gavagan's place to pick up the baby later that day, but she convinced them to leave the baby and little girl with her overnight.

She eventually called 911, and the baby was hospitalized. Hospital staff observed the baby weighed just 7 pounds and 25 ounces -- he weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces at birth. A CAT scan observed a possible brain bleed, and the baby was hospitalized at Randall Children's Hospital in Portland.

Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) officials have placed both children into protective custody. They released this statement to KATU News:

"The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services has an open investigation related to the charges filed against the parents today; we have provided services to the family in the past year; and we are cooperating with local law enforcement on its investigation as well. The child involved is safe and in out-of-home care."

At a court appearance Monday, a judge set both Lee and Weinert's bail at $35,000.

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