Iowa 2-Month-Old Died of Starvation Weighing 2 lbs. Less than When He Was Born
An Iowa woman who admitted to starving her two-month-old son to death was sentenced to 10 years in prison last Friday, PEOPLE confirms.
Angel Poole, 25, was sentenced after pleading guilty to child endangerment resulting in serious injury, a Van Buren County Court official tells PEOPLE.
She was arrested in March 2017 following a police investigation into the July 2016 death of her two-month-old son, Judah Wessels, KVTO reports.
On July 7, 2016, Poole, of Birmingham, called 911 to report that her son was having trouble breathing, local station KCCI reports. Judah was taken to a hospital where he died an hour later.
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Judah was born a healthy baby weighing 7 lbs., prosecutors said, KTVO reports. When he died, he weighed just five lbs., KTVO and KCCI report. An autopsy reported Judah was “markedly malnourished” and died of starvation and dehydration, the Des Moines Register reported at the time.
Poole was originally charged with a Class B felony but in exchange for her plea, prosecutors lowered the charge to a Class C felony, KTVO reports. Her attorney, Andrew Prosser, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
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