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Ohio puts 200-pound third-grader in foster care
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Source: Kansas City Star via AP

An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.

The Plain Dealer reports ( ) that the Cleveland 8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.

The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue.

Lawyers for the mother say the county overreached when authorities took the boy last week. They say the medical problems he is at risk for do not yet pose an imminent danger.

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I really don't know what to think about that. Abuse of power or neglect ?
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  -Ohio puts 200-pound third-grader in foster care Seedersandleechers  Nov-27-11 03:50 PM   #0 
  - Not enough information  proud2BlibKansan   Nov-27-11 03:55 PM   #1 
  - Here is another link that gives more information  Seedersandleechers   Nov-27-11 04:03 PM   #2 
  - 218 pounds and sleep apnea  proud2BlibKansan   Nov-27-11 05:38 PM   #9 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-27-11 07:22 PM   #18 
  - My 8 year old weighs 71 pounds  joeglow3   Nov-27-11 09:00 PM   #24 
     - Sounds like your child isn't leading s sedentary life  proud2BlibKansan   Nov-28-11 07:18 AM   #30 
  - WRONG!  liberalmuse   Nov-27-11 04:05 PM   #3 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-27-11 07:18 PM   #17 
  - he didn't get to death's door by himself. If this were a kid whose  roguevalley   Nov-27-11 07:50 PM   #21 
  - Not yet?  Old Codger   Nov-27-11 04:18 PM   #4 
  - My opinion is that the social workers need to work harder.  FarPoint   Nov-27-11 04:31 PM   #5 
  - I would be surpried if they had the resources to "work harder."  Exultant Democracy   Nov-27-11 04:46 PM   #7 
     - +1  get the red out   Nov-27-11 06:03 PM   #12 
     - The county budget should not take priority to the "family".  FarPoint   Nov-28-11 05:50 AM   #29 
        - Budgets are moral documents, if we want families to take priority we need to allocate resources  Exultant Democracy   Nov-28-11 11:11 AM   #31 
  - 200lb by 8, no way to say that these parents weren't killing the kid.  Exultant Democracy   Nov-27-11 04:42 PM   #6 
  - Overfeeding one child is a form of Mnchhausen by proxy.  McCamy Taylor   Nov-27-11 05:23 PM   #8 
  - Maybe the case you mentioned  KT2000   Nov-27-11 06:44 PM   #14 
  - I was thinking mental illness factor too(parent's)  lunasun   Nov-27-11 11:22 PM   #27 
  - Yes, I read about that earlier this afternoon here at DU:  elocs   Nov-27-11 05:46 PM   #10 
  - And this same lawyer would sue the pants off the school if the kid dropped dead in class  Donnachaidh   Nov-27-11 05:56 PM   #11 
  - Dude;  greiner3   Nov-27-11 06:09 PM   #13 
     - not a *dude* DUDE  Donnachaidh   Nov-27-11 08:26 PM   #23 
  - OMG, that poor kid! Why would any parent allow that to happen???  Odin2005   Nov-27-11 07:16 PM   #15 
  - How about rehabilitation instead? Foster care seems only to make things worse.  alp227   Nov-27-11 07:17 PM   #16 
  - If they wait  quakerboy   Nov-27-11 11:07 PM   #26 
  - Does this family have the resources? If not, why not?  Demeter   Nov-27-11 07:40 PM   #19 
  - The County Will Give the Foster Parents More Help than they Ever Gave the Real Parents  AndyTiedye   Nov-28-11 03:18 PM   #33 
  - Ohio should put Gov Kasuck in foster care.  lib2DaBone   Nov-27-11 07:44 PM   #20 
  - Hey! Look! Pizza's a Vegetable  NashVegas   Nov-27-11 07:57 PM   #22 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-27-11 09:22 PM   #25 
  - I wouldn't say it's abuse of power or an overreaction,  JoeyT   Nov-28-11 02:44 AM   #28 
  - We know that this particular "guess" is wrong though ...  Nihil   Nov-29-11 04:45 AM   #35 
     - Yeah, that was a joke.  JoeyT   Nov-29-11 12:53 PM   #36 
  - What we don't know is if the child is receiving proper medical care from the doctors?  Sivafae   Nov-28-11 11:18 AM   #32 
  - In fairness to the doctors, they always try lifestyle changes first. Only after it is  totodeinhere   Nov-29-11 01:59 PM   #37 
  - Given what I read in the three links provided  crim son   Nov-28-11 04:53 PM   #34 

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