Trial dates set for mother accused of neglecting 12 pound 3 year old
Christina M. Haidle
Beth A. Williams
Updated October 15, 2012: Trial dates have been set for a mother and her roommate accused of neglecting a 12-pound three year old girl.
The mother, Beth Williams, plead not guilty today in a Jasper County courtroom.
William's roommate, Christina Haidle, also plead not guilty. Her trial is set for December.
Both women are each charged with two counts of child endangerment and one count of first degree assault.
On July 1 authorities found the girl unresponsive at a Joplin home apparently suffering from malnutrition.
She later gained some weight in the hospital and has been put into foster care.
Updated July 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM CST: Two women are arraigned in court this morning in the case of a three year old child weighing just 12 pounds.
Authorities charged the mother, Beth Williams, and a roommate, Christina Haidle, with endangering the life of a child in the first degree.
Both pled not guilty this morning and were assigned public defenders.
On July 1 authorities found the 12-pound three year old girl unresponsive at a Joplin home and took the child to Freeman Hospital.
The child is now in foster care and is gaining weight.
Updated July 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM CST: A severely malnourished three-year-old who authorities say weighed only 12 pounds is now recovering in the safety of a foster family.
Two Joplin women are charged with child endangerment after a young girl is taken to the hospital with barely a pulse.
Beth Williams, 26, the mother of the three-year-old. Bond for both Williams and her roommate - Christina Haidle, 27 - is set at $500,000.
Their first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
The child was unresponsive when police responded to the Joplin home on July 1. She was first taken to Freeman Hospital then flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
The three-year-old weighed only 12 pounds, was dehydrated and had a number of health problems. Doctors there say the girl's lack of growth was because of lack of nutrition.
She has since been placed in a foster home where the child gained two pounds in the first week.
CORRECTION: It was initially posted that the bond was set at $5,000. In fact, bond for Williams and Haidle is $500,000.
Posted July 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM CST - Statement from the Joplin Police Department:
On July 1, 2012 Joplin Police were called to 1407 S. Pennsylvania in reference to a 3 year old child who was unresponsive. The child was transported to Freeman Hospital in Joplin from the residence. While at the hospital it was discovered the child was suffering from very low blood sugar and a low body temperature. The child appeared to be emaciated and suffering from malnutrition. The critically ill child weighed just over 12 lbs and was flown to a hospital in Springfield.
Detectives continued to investigate the case, interviewing medical professionals and those involved in the life of the child. The investigation revealed severe malnutrition of the child with no known medical reason for the growth failure of the child. The mother of the child, Beth A. Williams, 26 years old and a roommate, Christina M. Haidle, 27 years old of 1407 S. Pennsylvania, Joplin, were arrested on July 21, 2012 for Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st Degree. Charges have filed by the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office.
The child is listed in stable condition at this time. The investigation continues.
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