A Lowcountry boy, that cannot walk on his own or feed himself, is now in the hospital after weighing about a third of the average weight for a boy his age.
The hospital said the seven-year-old boy was malnourished after his feeding tube fell out in May, and his parents neglected to feed him. Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon says they are looking for the boy’s father, Benny Penniger. Moon says he sees a lot of terrible things, but when it involves children, it makes it even worse.
“You look at a child that’s seven years of age, realizing this child should be up in the 40 to 50 pound category, somewhere in that neck of the woods, possibly, or more, and to see this child weighing only 15 and a half pounds, that’s heartbreaking,” says Moon.
The boy suffers from several medical conditions, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and scoliosis. Investigators say the parents neglected from giving him his medicine, and the child has not been to the doctor for almost two years.
The child’s mother, Yolanda Pugh, is charged with neglect, and behind bars at the Monks Corner jail on a $100,000 bond. Penniger faces child neglect charges once caught.