TN Mother Leah Kraus Arrested For Child Neglect After 8-Year-Old Son Found Weighing Just 27 Pounds

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) Leah Kraus, of Bristol, Tennessee, has been arrested and charged with aggravated child neglect after her 8-year-old son was admitted to the hospital weighing only 27 pounds.

Kraus, 29, was taken into custody and charged with four counts of aggravated child neglect, according to a news release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.


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Police opened an investigation in November after detectives learned the boy was diagnosed with severe malnourishment and dehydration when he was admitted to a hospital for an unknown reason.

Deputies arrested Kraus, the biological mother and primary caregiver for the boy, on Wednesday. She is being held on a $50,000 bond, reports WJHL.

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has taken custody of the child, the release said, and his health has improved.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that officials will release no further details “due to the circumstances of the investigation.”

According to her Facebook page, Kraus wrote, “My kids are my world!! They are the definition of pure joy and happiness and love for me!!!”

The investigation is ongoing.

Geo quick facts: Sullivan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 156,823. Its county seat is Blountville – Wikipedia.

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