National Post

Saturday, February 20, 1999

Mother charged for starving baby

National Post

A woman was arrested in Toronto yesterday after a hospital video camera caught her cutting off the nourishment to her sickly five month-old daughter.

Toronto police say the child had been treated in other hospitals in previous months for "failing to thrive".

Hospital staff installed a security camera in the room to monitor the infant's progress.

She was observed removing the equipment that was feeding her child and diluting with plain water the mixture it supplied.

"It is believed that the failure to thrive has been as a direct result of the mother interfering with and preventing the infant from receiving adequate nourishment," said a police news release.

Police are not revealing the name of the woman charged with criminal negligence and failing to provide the necessities of life. She is being held pending a show cause hearing.

The infant is under the protection of the Children's Aid Society.

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