UNIONTOWN, Pa. (WKBN) – A mother in Fayette County is facing charges for allegedly starving her 11-month-old son.
According to CBS affiliate KDKA in Pittsburgh, the child’s father alerted authorities that his estranged wife was “obsessed” with following a strict diet, and only fed the child fruit and nuts.
Elizabeth Hawk, 33, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child after investigators say she allegedly failed to give her 11-month-old son sufficient food.
The strict diet hampered the child’s motor skills and he couldn’t use his hands.
According to a doctor, the baby was also at a “failure to thrive” level, leaving the child developmentally delayed as a result of malnourishment.
The baby is now at home with his father, as are the couples other two children. Family members say the child’s condition is improving.
Elizabeth Hawk remains free on her own recognizance. There’s no word on when she’ll appear in court for a preliminary hearing.