published Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Dad blames mom for toddler's starvation death

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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 — The father of a toddler who starved to death earlier this month pins the blame on the mother, who he said "takes pain pills and has lupus," a Roane County Sheriff's Office incident report indicates.

Matthew Dotson told a deputy he hadn't seen his two sons awake "in many days" and was hardly at the Lerchen Road trailer where the family lives, Deputy Victor Swymer's report indicates.

Dotson, 26, spoke to the deputy about three hours after his wife, Amanda Dotson, 25, had taken their son's body to Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City early May 3.


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