A Massachusetts man has been arrested after his young son was found unconscious and suffering from severe dehydration and starvation in his family home.
Randall Lints, 26, from East Brookfield, Massachusetts, is facing a number of child abuse charges after his seven-year-old son was taken to hospital where he was placed in a coma.
Paramedics arrived at Lints’ home last week after he called 911 because the child, who weighs just 38 lbs, was unresponsive.
1. Randall Lints, 26, from East Brookfield, Massachusetts, is facing a number of child abuse charges after his son was taken to hospital and placed in a coma — weighing just 38 lbs.
Authorities say that the boy’s hands and knees were covered in bleach burns, because he was made to get on his hands and knees and scrub the floor.
Officers also found bruises on the unnamed child’s jaw and forehead.
Lints told investigators that his son’s injuries were caused by him falling out of his bed, however doctors said his explanation wasn’t possible.
My Fox Boston reports that, according to court papers, Lints was a strict father who rarely let his son out of his sight.
2. Lints says that the extensive injuries suffered by his son were caused by him falling out of bed, but doctors said his explanation wasn’t possible. He is pictured during his first appearance at Worcester District Court in East Brookfield, Massachusetts.
Lints was arraigned on Wednesday on an array of charges, including assault and battery on a child with substantial injury, permitting substantial injury to a child, reckless endangerment of a child and permitting injury to a child.
He has entered a not guilty plea.
Lints is scheduled to be back in court on Friday when a judge will decide whether it is safe for him to be released.
At present, the boy is still in a coma and is “unresponsive”.
The Department of Children and Families is working with the police on the case.
3. He is facing charges of assault and battery on a child with substantial injury, permitting substantial injury to a child, reckless endangerment of a child and permitting injury to a child.
Read more: My Fox Boston.
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