By Amanda Klein | December 24, 2018
A Wilkinsburg woman has been charged with starving three children that had been in her care for the past seven months, according to police.
Jennifer Stout, 35, was charged by Allegheny County Police on Saturday with three counts of recklessly endangering another person, three counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count of aggravated assault.
Police alleged in a criminal complaint that two girls, ages 12 and 9, and a 2-year-old boy had been in Stout’s care for the past seven months after their mother left them with her this summer.
The children’s grandfather was able to locate the children after Stout responded to a post on social media saying she had them.
At the man’s request one of the children’s’ aunt went to Stout’s home to pick up the children and discovered they were living in deplorable conditions.
The woman told police she immediately took the children to a hospital. Doctors told police that the 12-year-old girl had lost 19 pounds since September and the 9-year-old girl had lost 14 pounds since July. The boy weighed 19 pounds. Authorities said he had weighed 27 pounds in September, according to the complaint
Police also alleged the boy had what appeared to be ligature marks on his wrists and ankles, bruises all over his body. He was also loosing hair, which doctors attributed to being starved.
According to the complaint, Stout denied intentionally starving the children, but admitted she should have taken the boy to a hospital sooner.
Stout is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after failing to post a $25,000 bond and faces a Jan. 3 preliminary hearing.
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