A morbidly obese 22 month old baby was found dead in his crib on Tuesday morning. Charlie Ringwort's 165 pound body had to be removed from his crib via special tools and a saw that firemen had on location. The child was then air lifted to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Charlie's mother, Allie Ringwort, called 911 when she went to feed her son in the early morning hours and found him unconscious and not breathing. Unable to administer CPR, the panicked mother sought emergency help, only to have stalled paramedics helpless to get the infant's body out of the crib.
"He was so tight in there that his folds were seeping through the spaces between the bars of the crib. I haven't seen anything like it. It was sad as hell" explains Lisa Smith, one of the paramedics called to the crib. It wasn't until 45 minutes had passed that the crew was able to retrieve Charlie and send him up in the helicopter.
Upon further investigation, it appears as though Charlie had lived in his crib for the past four months, from around the time he was 120 pounds and his single mother, herself morbidly obese, was unable to lift him out of the crib. It was from the crib that Charlie lived his last four months of life.
Police have not released the statements of Allie Ringwort herself, but a friend who stopped by the house on occasion says that Ringwort would change her son's diapers from his crib and bring him food like 12-pack chicken nuggets, pop, and jumbo marshmallows whenever he demanded it, which was often.
"He was constantly screaming for more food from his crib" says the anonymous friend. "The only words he knew were food words. He didn't even have a proper soother, he sucked on sour soothers from the convenience store." It also appears that Charlie had no desire to crawl or walk.
"Whether he wanted to crawl or walk is not the question" says Dr. Kathleen Dellburn, a pediatric physician who sees obese children every day. "It's whether this child was physically able to carry his weight, which is highly unlikely."
At 120 pounds, the size of a healthy adult female, a child of 22 months would not have had the muscle mass or developed bone structure to support that kind of weight. All Charlie would have been able to do was sit or lie down in one place, and once his weight became an issue for his mother, she simply left him to dwell, and literally grow into, his crib. "It's unfortunate that I see this kind of thing more often than not" says Dr. Dellburn, herself obese. "I have my own obese children but they have an active lifestyle and attend their school phys-ed class every day."
Allie Ringwort has been detained and may be charged with severe child neglect or even abuse. News reports have portrayed the teary eyed mother as doing everything she could for her son. Coroners are still ruling out obesity as the main cause of Charlie's death.
Although the child suffered hypertension and a severe case of diaper rash, it is believed that he died from SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which can affect children even up to the age of 2 years old and seems to be a random occurrence. Parents can protect against SIDS by putting their children to sleep on their backs and avoiding the use of pillows and fluffy blankets.
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