Parents to fight charges in boy’s malnutrition death

Associated Press

CLEVELAND

The parents indicted in the death of their malnourished 18-month-old disabled son will fight the charges and show they were following medical advice, their attorney said Thursday.

Adrienne Bartholomew, 35, and James Brothers, 33, of Vermilion, also have been charged with providing poor care to five other children, most of whom were malnourished and undersized when taken from their home last fall.

“Absolutely, they are going to fight the charges,” attorney Denise Demmitt said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

She said the care given to the children was well known to numerous social service agencies and physicians.

“If my clients had in fact committed a crime, all these other agencies that have been firm in their position that they had seen nothing wrong, they too would stand accused of a crime,” Demmitt said.

The children, all biological offspring of the couple, are disabled, according to Demmitt, who called their disabilities “organic” and said it hadn’t been determined how that happened.

Each was arrested Monday and jailed on bonds of more than $250,000 apiece.

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