(Reuters) – An Ohio juvenile court judge removed a protective order on Thursday in the case of a third-grade boy who was taken from his mother’s custody in October 2011 after he tipped the scales at 219 lbs (99 kg).
In March 2010, social workers were alerted to the child’s medical situation when the boy, then 7, was hospitalized for two weeks with severe breathing problems. He was removed from his home by court order after more than a year of supervision, and was eventually sent to live with an uncle in Columbus.
Medical professionals, prior to his removal from his mother, had concluded that the boy’s weight gain was due to his diet and not other medical reasons. This is the first time an Ohio child had been removed from a parent’s custody primarily due to weight concerns.
For full article see: Mother wins back permanent custody of obese Ohio boy | Reuters.
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