Man arrested over 40-pound 15-year-old daughter

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Police have arrested the father of a mentally disabled 15-year-old girl who has been hospitalized in Indianapolis weighing just 40 pounds.

Anderson police Detective Joel Sandefur says the girl was flown to the hospital in critical condition on Monday. Sandefur told The Herald Bulletin that the girl’s condition could be life threatening.

Investigators have jailed the girl’s 58-year-old father on a preliminary charge of child neglect. It is not clear whether he has an attorney.

Sandefur told WTHR-TV that the Anderson man blamed his daughter’s low weight on a medical condition. Sandefur did not provide any details about that or the nature of the girl’s disability.

Anderson is about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

 

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