published Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Toddler starves to death in Tennessee; parents questioned

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    Clifford Dotson, the son of Roane County residents Matthew and Amanda Dotson, died of severe malnutrition according May 4 autopsy at the Regional Forensic Center.
    Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

KINGSTON — A 2-year-old Roane County boy starved to death after being fed only once a day, often restrained in a car seat inside his parent's residence, authorities said.

When the mother brought Clifford Dotson's body into Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City early May 3, it weighed 12 pounds, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said today.

The average 2-year-old weighs about two-and-a-half times as much, or around 30 pounds.


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