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Moses Lake Couple Convicted of Starving Young Son

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A man and woman from Moses Lake have been convicted of criminal mistreatment for starving their 2-year-old son. A man and woman from Moses Lake have been convicted of criminal mistreatment for starving their 2-year-old son.
EPHRATA, WA - A man and woman from Moses Lake have been convicted of criminal mistreatment for starving their 2-year-old son.

Grant County prosecutors say Robert and Michelle Staats ignored advice and warnings, and used herbal and homeopathic treatments for the boy who kept spitting up most of his food.

Judge Evan Sperline says the boy starved because the parents clung to an approach that wasn't working.

Prosecutors say the boy suffered a heart attack in May of 2012. He's now 4 years old and suffers from brain damage. He weighed less than 10 pounds when paramedics first airlifted him to a Spokane hospital.
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