Greenville PD investigating vandalism at house of starving boy

House of starving boy in Greenville vandalized

GREENVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – Greenville Police are investigating reported vandalism of the house where a boy was found starving over the weekend in Greenville.

Police found eggs smashed on the windows of the house after the incident was reported Saturday on WKBN.com and other news outlets. Someone smashed the windows of the car parked outside the house, according to police.

A criminal complaint filed in Mercer County Court last week shows that one doctor considered a starving boy found in Greenville in June to be “the worst case of medical neglect that i have ever seen in my seven years as a pediatrician.”

WKBN has obtained a criminal complaint which sheds more light on the case. The eight-year-old child was found on June 6 and taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Medical experts found that the child weighed 25 pounds. Other assessments listed in the complaint include:

  • It would be impossible not to notice the boy’s malnourishment, especially next to his siblings, who are largely of a healthy weight, according to Dr. Jennifer Wolford of the UPMC Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center.
  • The boy will take one to two years to catch up to normal development.
  • “Unless you go back to data found from concentration camps it is impossible to know what his long term intelligence will be or how it may have suffered, we know that a child’s brain needs food,” Wolford said.
  • Wolford said the boy was within a month of having a serious cardiac event from which he may not have recovered.
  • The boy has gained 20 pounds since being picked up June 6.
  • The boy and his siblings said in interviews that he was only given small portions of tuna fish and eggs to eat and was often beaten with a belt, especially when he tried to take extra food. The interviews also alleged that the boy only got a shower as punishment and that the water for the showers was always cold.
  • The boy was removed from school in August 2013 to be home-schooled.
  • The boy was not left out of the house, according to the complaint, except to be on the back porch, where he would sometimes eat insects.
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