February 13, 2013

Woman accused of starving boy on trial in NH

The Associated Press

DOVER, N.H. — A New Hampshire woman accused of starving a young boy under her care is on trial in Dover.

Thirty-three-year-old Christina Thomas of New Durham is charged with one count of first-degree assault, alleging she failed to provide proper nutrition to the developmentally disabled boy, now 9. Prosecutors allege the abuse happened between 2006 and 2010.

On Tuesday, staff at the New Durham School, which the boy attended, testified they were instructed to take away a carrot from the boy's lunch every time he acted out.

Fosters' Daily Democrat reported an educator also testified when assisting the boy in the bathroom one day, she noticed scabbed over marks on the back of his thighs. Investigators allege they came from the child being struck repeatedly with a spatula.


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