An East Hartford woman was arrested on Monday after police said she neglected her special needs son.
Following an investigation, police determined that 29-year-old Allison Rosa's 11-year-old son was suffering from malnutrition. Police said she “repeatedly failed to follow medical direction and properly care for her child.”
Police said the neglect was so bad, the child at one point lost 20 percent of his body weight in less than seven months.
According to an arrest warrant obtained by Eyewitness News, Rosa's son suffers from several disabilities including severe cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. But investigators alleged Rosa failed to properly take care of her son.
Doctors told Department of Children and Families officials that during a doctor's appointment in August of last year, the child was only 36 pounds.
During another appointment, doctors discovered the child had "multiple bedsores," which needed "medical attention in order to prevent complications."
During another doctor's appointment doctors discovered the 11-year-old boy "had lost two baby teeth that appeared green and black and we're falling apart due to decay."
“It was horrible,” neighbor Laureen Safford said. “I can't imagine anyone doing that to a child, much less starving them.”
After March 2009, Rosa allegedly "failed to bring (the child) to at least 30 out of 40 appointments, canceling approximately 25 appointments." She missed another 12 appointments. She even allegedly failed to give her son a new wheelchair.
“I'm angry because no child should have to endure what he went through,” neighbor Mary Brooks said. “It's unfair to that child. Being a mother, I can't even imagine someone doing that to their own child.”
Eyewitness News went to her East Hartford home on Thursday night to get answers, however no answered the door.
Rosa was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree assault of a disabled person, reckless endangerment, third-degree abuse, risk of injury to a minor and cruelty to persons.
“What that child endured she should be punished to the highest extent that the law will do to her because it's wrong,” Brooks said.
The 11-year-old boy is currently in DCF custody.
Rosa was arraigned at Manchester Superior Court on Tuesday. She is expected to return to court on Aug. 21 and has not entered a plea.
Following her arraignment, Rosa is being held $350,000 bond.
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