Woman Charged With Trying To Starve Boy To Get Rid Of Him
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 11, 2006
SPRING LAKE, NORTH CAROLINA--Last week, detectives arrested a woman and charged her with attempted murder after determining that she tried to starve to death a boy with cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities.
Emergency room doctors contacted Cumberland County Sheriff's officials on September 12, after paramedics brought in 12-year-old Wesley Carter for respiratory distress. Doctors said the boy's body was so filthy, they had to wash him before they could treat him. They said he weighed just 32 pounds -- about 20 pounds less than he should weigh at his age -- and that he was covered with bed sores and what appeared to be rodent bites.
On October 3, sheriff's deputies arrested 35-year-old Stephanie Lee Williams. In court documents, investigators said they believed she wanted the boy to die so she would not have to take care of him. Her four biological children appeared healthy, officials said.
Wesley's mother told authorities she sent her son to live with Williams, a family friend, last October because she was not satisfied with the schools in Maryland. Wesley was enrolled in school last year, but not this year, a sheriff's spokesperson said.
According to the Fayetteville Observer, Wesley was placed on a respirator and was treated for malnutrition. He is responding well to treatment.
"Caregiver jailed in neglect case" (Fayetteville Observer)