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Parents accused of starving their son claim innocence

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October 26, 2012 -

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Moses Lake couple accused of starving their 2-year-old said they were innocent  when it came to criminal mistreatment charges.

Robert and Michelle Staats entered their pleas Tuesday in Grant County Superior Court in Ephrata.

Police say Michelle Staats told them she didn't trust hospitals, and instead used herbal and homeopathic treatments for the boy who kept spitting up most of his food.  

Officers say the mother called 911 when the boy stopped breathing in May. Police say he weighed less than 10 pounds when he was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. He was airlifted to a Spokane hospital and later moved to a private care facility.

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