Sunday, April 13, 2003

Akron parents charged with starving brain-damaged son

The Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio - A husband and wife have been charged with failing to care for her 25-year-old son, who weighed 92 pounds and was dehydrated when taken to a hospital.

Edgar Vannoy slept on a ripped, uncovered mattress stained by urine and feces, according to police, who found no food when they visited on April 3. The parents were charged Friday.

Police had received a call from a family friend that Vannoy was locked in his room and not cared for by William and Justine Davis.

The Davises were each charged with failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and were held in the Summit County jail.

Police said they saw 15 dogs and two cats, which appeared healthy.

Vannoy, taken to Barberton Citizens Hospital, has since gone to a respite home operated by Summit County.

Justine Davis, 43, and William Davis, 52, told police on April 3 that Vannoy had suffered brain damage when he was 6 months old. Vannoy, Mrs. Davis' son, did not answer any questions and appeared frail and malnourished when police brought him downstairs, a report said.

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