Four people in Indiana have been taken into custody in connection with the death of 9-year-old blind boy with cerebral palsy who’d been starved to the point of weighing just 15 pounds. That’s about the average size of a three-month-old.
Vigo County Sheriff’s deputies responded at just before 4 a.m. on Tuesday in reference to a 911 call about a child in cardiac arrest.
The young victim, identified as nine-year-old Cameron Hoopingarner, was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Both State police and sheriff’s deputies arrested four people who live in the home where he was found. Among them were the boy’s two guardians, 53-year-old Robin Lee Kraemer and 56-year-old Hubert Kraemer. They were charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
The other two residents, identified as 30-year-old Sarah Beth Travioli and 33-year-old and Chad Kraemer, were taken into custody on charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent, and failure to report child neglect.
None of the suspects were related to Cameron biologically, and all four are jobless.
According to a corner’s preliminary findings, the young victim’s cause of death was severe malnutrition, with the manner of death ruled as homicide.
An official compared the boy’s condition to that of concentration camp victims.
Hubert and Robin had been caring for the boy since he was just three days old. He was bedridden and was unable to attend a school.
Chad Kraemer and Sarah Travioli’s two kids, a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were taken into protective custody.
Each of the four suspects are being held on $250,000 bond.
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