Baton Rouge police arrested a man and woman accused of starving a 3-month-old infant to the point that the boy was hospitalized in critical condition and near death.
Sausha Clay, 22, and Robert Scott Sr., 28, failed to give the infant nutrition to where the child was “severely dehydrated” — weighing only 6.172 pounds, according to a police report.
The infant was taken to a hospital on Tuesday in critical condition and briefly stopped breathing before being placed on a ventilator and recovering to stable condition within two days, the report says.
A state Department of Child and Family Services agent responding to a report of child abuse at the Delaware Street home where Clay and Scott lived reported finding the infant to be “extremely malnourished,” with no sign in the house of “any formula, diapers or other provisions for the victim.”
When the victim arrived at the hospital, “the examining physician informed the DCFS Agent that he has never witnessed a child as malnourished as the victim,” the report says.
Clay and Scott live together with the infant and Clay’s two other children, who are 1 and 6 years old, the report says. All three children were evaluated at a hospital, according to the report.
Scott is also accused of making threatening comments about a DCFS worker on Facebook, including the phrase, “I want to put my hands on her,” referring to the worker.
Clay and Scott, of the 4300 block of Delaware St., Baton Rouge, were booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Scott was also booked on a count of assault on a child welfare worker.