Cases of Children Being Starved to Death

Child Dies at 14 months, Weighs 13 lbs. In Valley City, North Dakota, James Thompson was sentenced to 8 years in prison and Cassandra Riediger to 3 years in the starvation death of a 14 month old boy that was living with the couple.  Authorities say the boy, Marcus Thompson, was both starved and dehydrated and weighed just 13.5 pounds at the time of his death. (USA Today, 5-28-2008, p 9A) Starving the Children In New Haven, Connecticut, a woman … Continue reading →

Children Who Are Murdered By Family Members

Starving Children for Insurance Money In Forest, Mississippi, authorities say money may have been the key motive in the starvation death of a 4-year-old-boy.  Police say Austin Watkins weighed a mere 19 pounds when he died on November 9th, 2008.  Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee said the family had taken out an insurance policy on the boy.  His grandmother and aunt were arrested and charged with murder.  (USA Today, 11-17-2008, p. 12A) … Continue reading →