VIGO COUNTY, Ind. -- A 9-year-old boy Vigo County boy who died weighing less than 15 pounds was sick but did not go to a hospital in the days leading up to his death.
Cameron R. Hoopingarner, 9, was found severely malnourished in a home in northern Vigo County on Wednesday.
He was taken to Union Hospital where he later died.
According to Indiana State Police, Hoopingarner was blind and suffered from cerebral palsy. He weighed only 14.8 pounds when he died, according to Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr.
Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing said it was the worst case of malnutrition he had seen in his 26 years on the job.
Hoopingarner was under the legal custody of Robin Kraemer. She told police that the child had not seen a doctor in over a year, ate baby food and had suffered from pneumonia and the flu during the week leading up to his death.
Hubert Kraemer, 56, Chad Kraemer, 33, Robin Kraemer, 53, and Sarah Travioli, 30, are facing felony charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent.
The four made their first court appearance on Thursday.
Two other children, ages 3 and 5, were removed from the home and are in the custody of protective services.