An Idaho woman has been arrested and her child taken away after cops found her 8-month-old daughter severely malnourished.
21-year-old Tiffany Knapp was apprehended on Sunday after a six-month investigation.
On March 8th, police had performed a welfare check on the baby and found she only weighed 11 pounds, lower than the average of 17 to 21 and a half pounds for a child that age.
The infant had been born three months premature and had had trouble gaining weight since birth. Due to this, her mother was given a prescription for the child for a special formula that helps to put weight on.
Instead of filling the prescription, she’d fed the child nothing but Kool-Aid and watered-down milk.
She initially denied ever even receiving a prescription, then said she must have “spaced out”.
Doctors say the child, if it hadn’t been for the welfare check, would likely have died within days.
The infant was taken into state custody and treated at a hospital. After that, she was placed into foster care, where she gained four pounds in just 20 days.
Ms. Knapp is being held in the Canyon County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
She’s due back in court on October 11th for a preliminary hearing.