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Woman ‘failed to feed’ 16-year-old son who was hospitalized at 26 pounds, police say

Woman ‘failed to feed’ 16-year-old son who was hospitalized at 26 pounds, police say

Pennsylvania Woman ‘failed to feed’ 16-year-old son who was hospitalized at 26 pounds

Woman ‘failed to feed’ 16-year-old son who was hospitalized at 26 pounds, police say

A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with the extreme neglect of her son, who was hospitalized in October weighing 26 pounds. The boy is 16 years old.

Elisabet Estrada, 41, of Chambersburg, is charged with aggravated assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Franklin County court records show. She remained in the county jail Thursday, unable to post her $25,000 bond.

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic details that may be disturbing for some readers. 

The Chambersburg Public Opinion reported that Chambersburg police officers were called to the family’s home early on the morning of Oct. 24 to help caseworkers with Franklin County Children and Youth Services. Estrada’s 16-year-old son had been admitted to Penn State Hershey Medical Center in a state of extreme malnourishment the night before.

He was hospitalized after Estrada took him there for genetic testing, CBS21 in Harrisburg reported. An endocrinologist told police the boy was suffering from “psychosocial dwarfism,” meaning his condition was due to a lack of proper nutrition.

Estrada’s three other children “appeared to be in good general health,” an affidavit in the case states, according to the Public OpinionCBS21 reported that one of the boy’s siblings is a 16-year-old girl, though the station did not say if the pair are twins.

The document alleges that the teen was “very frail, gaunt, ribs extremely evident and ravenously hungry.” He “laid in bed in the fetal position in a way that appeared as though he didn't have the ability to stretch out in his bed.”

Investigators wrote in the affidavit that the boy “ruminated his food” at the hospital -- he ate the food, threw it up and then ate it again.

Police described the boy’s actions as eating as though he couldn’t get enough food at home, the newspaper reported.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the precise cause of rumination syndrome is unclear, but it can be related to a number of issues, including developmental disabilities in children or an increase in abdominal pressure.

“Rumination syndrome is more likely to occur in people with anxiety, depression or other psychiatric disorders,” the Mayo Clinic website says.

The disorder can lead to weight loss, malnutrition, esophageal damage and other problems.

The court records allege that Estrada had not used any therapy or early intervention for her son since 2005, when he was 3 years old. Police officials said the boy is developmentally delayed and nonverbal.

Fox43 in York reported that Estrada told police her son, who was born in December 2002, weighed 6 pounds at birth. At the time of his last medical visit, in January 2005, he weighed 22 pounds.

When he was next seen by a doctor 14 years later, he weighed only 3 pounds more, the court records show.

The affidavit indicates the teen was seen at a walk-in clinic in February 2019, at which point he weighed 34 pounds, Fox43 said. His weight had dropped by about 5 pounds in April, when he was seen at Penn State Hershey.

It was unclear if Children and Youth Services became involved in the boy’s case during his April visit to the hospital.

The Public Opinion reported that Estrada railed in October at the genetics specialist treating her son, insisting that he “has no medical issues that require hospitalization,” the court records show. She “voiced anger” at the specialist and, saying she “did everything” for her son, said she did not understand why she could not treat him at home.

She also could not comprehend why she had no say when he was admitted immediately into acute care at the hospital, the newspaper reported.

The boy gained 2.2 pounds during his first two days of treatment, the court records show. Upon his discharge after about two months of treatment, he weighed 45 pounds.

He had also grown taller while under the hospital’s care.

The police investigation showed that Estrada did not have a primary care provider for the boy. She claimed the boy received medical care through Early Intervention Services, March of Dimes, Keystone Peds and Penn State Hershey, the Public Opinion reported.

She home-schooled her children, and it appeared the teen “had limited interaction outside of the mother and three other children,” the affidavit says.

A specialist with Penn State Hershey was consulted by police on Jan. 13, CBS21 reported. The doctor offered the opinion that the boy’s emaciated condition was caused by malnutrition and medical neglect -- and that his mother was to blame.

Estrada “failed to seek appropriate medical care from an early age until he was 16 years of age and failed to appropriately feed him,” the affidavit says.

Estrada was jailed on the charges Friday. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.

The whereabouts of her other three children were not publicly disclosed.

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Last month, Inovio Pharmaceuticals announced the company was working with Beijing Advaccine Biotechnology Co. in order to run human trials of the vaccine concurrently in China and the U.S. More than 45,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus worldwide, mostly in China. The virus has killed over 1,100 people since it was first discovered late last year in Wuhan, China. In the U.S., health officials said 13 people had been diagnosed with the virus in California, Washington, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Arizona and Illinois. 50th coronavirus case confirmed in Hong Kong Update 6 a.m. EST Feb. 12: A 50th confirmed coronavirus case has been reported in Hong Kong, authorities announced Wednesday. According to CNN, the latest patient is a 51-year-old man who worked with the city’s 37th patient. 3 coronavirus patients discharged in South Korea Update 2 a.m. EST Feb. 12: Three people in South Korea who were confirmed to have coronavirus have been discharged from the hospital, health officials said Wednesday. The South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said all three recovered from the illness, according to CNN. The news comes days after officials discharged another patient in South Korea last week, the news outlet reported. Two dozen coronavirus patients remain hospitalized in South Korea, authorities said. China’s new virus cases fall again Update 10 p.m. EST Feb. 11: China reported another drop in the number of new cases of a viral infection and 97 more deaths, pushing the total dead past 1,100 even as the country remains largely closed down to prevent the spread of the disease. The National Health Commission said that 2,015 new cases had been reported over the last 24 hours, declining for a second day. The total number of cases in mainland China is 44,653, although many experts say a large number of others infected have gone uncounted. The 97 additional deaths from the virus raised the mainland toll to 1,113. Japan’s health ministry: 39 new cases confirmed on cruise ship Update 9 p.m. EST Feb. 11: Japan’s health ministry said that 39 new cases of a virus have been confirmed on a cruise ship quarantined at a Japanese port. The update brings the total found on the Diamond Princess to 174 cases. The ministry also said the virus was confirmed in a official who participated in the initial quarantine checks the night the ship returned to Yokohama Port near Tokyo on Feb. 3. The quarantine official is being treated in the hospital. The U.S.-operated Diamond Princess had completed a 14-day tour during which it stopped at Hong Kong and several other Asian ports before returning to Japan. WHO: More evidence shows link between COVID-19, bats Update 3:50 p.m. EST Feb. 11: Officials with the World Health Organization said Tuesday in a situation report that mounting evidence is showing a link between the 2019 novel coronavirus and bats. Officials said the virus appeared to be linked to bats of the Rhinolophus sub-species, which are abundant in southern China and across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, officials said. However, it remained unclear Monday how the virus passed from bats to humans. As of Tuesday, more than 43,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, with a vast majority reported in China. Officials with WHO said the virus has claimed 1,017 lives in the country so far. One person has also died of coronavirus in the Philippines. Germany confirms two more cases of coronavirus Update 2:45 p.m. EST Feb. 11: Two new cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, have been confirmed by authorities in Germany, The Washington Post reported. The illnesses, which were connected to automotive supplier Webasto, bring the total number of coronavirus cases in Germany to 16, according to the Post. Officials with Webasto said last month that a 33-year-old Chinese employee from Shanghai tested positive for coronavirus after visiting China and returning to Germany, according to Reuters and the Post. The company temporarily closed its headquarters after learning of the employee’s diagnoses. Officials told Reuters they planned to reopen the building near Munich on Wednesday. American Airlines extends suspension of flights to and from China, Hong Kong Update 2:15 p.m. EST Feb. 11: American Airlines officials announced the company is extending its suspension of flights to and from mainland China and Hong Kong due to reduced demand amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Airline officials said flights bound to mainland China from the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles hubs would be suspended until April 24. Flights from Los Angeles to Hong Kong were expected to resume the same day. Flights between Dallas and Hong Kong were expected to resume April 23. WHO: Vaccine for coronavirus could be ready in 18 months Update 12:05 p.m. EST Feb. 11: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Tuesday that a vaccine targeting the coronavirus could be ready in 18 months, according to Reuters. “So, we have to do everything today using available weapons,” he said. Tedros on Tuesday asked that countries be “as aggressive as possible” in the fight against COVID-19. “If the world doesn’t want to wake up and consider the virus as public enemy number one, I don’t think we will learn from our lessons,” he said, according to The Guardian. “We are still in containment strategy and should not allow the virus to have a space to have local transmission.” Death toll rises to 1,018 Update 10:45 a.m. EST Feb. 11: The World Health Organization said just over 42,700 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in China as of 6 a.m. Geneva time Tuesday. Nearly 400 cases have been confirmed in two dozen other countries. Coronavirus has killed more than 1,017 people in China and one person in the Philippines, according to health officials. WHO names new coronavirus outbreak Update 10:40 a.m. EST Feb. 11: The World Health Organization on Tuesday announced the name for the deadly new coronavirus: Covid-19. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said the new name was aimed at preventing “the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing.” Singapore confirms 2 more coronavirus cases Update 9:40 a.m. EST Feb. 11: Officials with Singapore’s Ministry of Health said Tuesday that two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the country, bringing the total number of cases there to 47. Health officials said the new cases involved a 35-year-old Singapore permanent resident and a 39-year-old Bangladesh national, neither of whom had recently traveled to China. Both new patients were being treated in isolation. Coronavirus a ‘very grave threat’ for world, WHO director-general says Update 8:45 a.m. EST Feb. 11: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, called the 2019 novel coronavirus “a very grave threat' Tuesday.  His comments came at the start of the global research and innovation forum aimed at addressing the coronavirus. Last week, Tedros told a WHO executive committee that “panic and fear” was the biggest threat posed by the coronavirus, according to The Washington Post. At the time, only 146 cases of coronavirus had been reported outside China. As of Monday, WHO officials said 319 people in 24 countries had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. First case of coronavirus reported in San Diego  Update 8:52 p.m. EST Feb. 10: Officials in San Diego have confirmed its first case of coronavirus in the Southern California city, KGTV reported. A Centers for Disease Control spokesman confirmed Monday evening that an individual taken to the University of California at San Diego Health hospital was infected with the virus, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.K KGTV, citing an anonymous source, said the patient was aboard the first flight from Wuhan, China, to Miramar. It was unclear whether the adult patient was a man or woman, the television station reported. China reports 1,011 deaths, including 103 Monday Update 7:07 p.m. EST Feb. 10: Officials with China’s Hubei health authority now report 1,011 dead, including 103 on Monday, The Washington Post reported. There have been about 42,000 cases of coronavirus, with more than 6,000 patients in critical condition, authorities told the newspaper. British businessman may have spread coronavirus to people in 3 countries Update 3:10 p.m. EST Feb. 10: Authorities are investigating reports that a British businessman might have spread coronavirus to several Britons in three countries, according to multiple reports. The man, who was not identified, is believed to have been exposed to coronavirus during a sales conference last month in Singapore, The Guardian reported. Following the conference, the man traveled to France and then back to the U.K., according to the newspaper. The man is suspected of being what scientists call a “super spreader,” a person who spreads a disease at a faster rate than the average. Trump: People think coronavirus threat will end in April Update 12:25 p.m. EST Feb. 10: President Donald Trump claimed without evidence that people believe the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus “will go away in April.” “A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat,” Trump said Monday during an address of governors held at the White House. “Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though.” Previously, Trump said on Twitter that Chinese President Xi Jinping was hopeful that he would successfully counterattack the coronavirus, “especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.” Since the coronavirus was first detected late last year in Wuhan, China, more than 40,500 cases of the virus have been confirmed globally. An overwhelming number of the cases were reported in China, where 909 people have died of the disease as of Monday morning, according to the World Health Organization. One person has died of coronavirus in the Philippines, health officials said. In the U.S., a dozen people have been confirmed as having been infected with coronavirus: six in California, two in Illinois, one in Massachusetts, one in Arizona, one in Washington and one in Wisconsin. WHO: 910 killed, 40,500 sickened by coronavirus Update 10:30 a.m. EST Feb. 10: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Monday that health officials are continuing to see a rise in confirmed coronavirus cases with 99% of illnesses being reported in China. About 2% of the cases have proved deadly, he said. According to WHO, more than 40,500 cases so coronavirus have been confirmed globally as of 6 a.m. local time (12 a.m. EST). A majority of those -- 40,235 -- were reported in China, where 909 people have died of the virus. Officials said 319 cases were confirmed in 24 other countries, including the Philippines, where one person died last week. Death toll hits 908 The death toll in mainland China has risen to 908 with more than 40,000 cases diagnosed, NBC News reported. Chinese officials said of the 40,000 diagnosed with the coronavirus, 27 of them are foreigners and two have died. There are another 23,589 possible cases of the illness, NBC News reported. On Sunday, 97 people died in China from the virus, the biggest daily death toll, The New York Times reported. The number of those killed by the virus has passed the number of people killed in the 2002-2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak. At that time, 774 people died from SARS, The Associated Press reported. Despite the number of people who died, officials are hopeful, since, for more than 10 days, the number of people recovering is higher than those who have died, the Times reported. Return to work As the numbers continue to climb, workers return to their jobs after the extended Lunar New Year holiday that kept many people home. Shoppers are also heading back to markets and stores despite the threat, the AP reported. They are taking precautions of wearing face masks as they go about their day. “We just need to have a little more sense of self-protection,” Iris Ke told the AP. “Life goes on anyway. How come we stop going outside or stop working simply because of fear of disease? We can’t do that.” But business is still slow, with some shop owners saying it’s about half as busy as normal. China’s leader Xi Jinping made an appearance at a hospital and government offices in Beijing, about five miles north of his residence in the Forbidden City, The New York Times reported. He made no public statement during the appearance. He also had a video conference with workers at a hospital in Wuhan, the town that is ground zero for the illness, the Times reported. There are rules that have been established to help stop the spread. In some areas, business owners must know if their employees have traveled to areas where there are large outbreak numbers. They’re also being told by the government to check the workers’ temperatures and have hand-washing protocols, the Times reported. And despite the return to normalcy, some business continues to be on hold. Airbnb has suspended all bookings in Beijing amid the outbreak, CNN reported. Illness continues to spread outside China A cruise ship is quarantined in Yokohama, Japan. There were 70 cases of coronavirus on the Diamond Princess at the time of the quarantine, but that number has increased, with another 66 people testing positive, the AP reported. That brings the number up to 136 confirmed cases, the Times reported. Japanese government officials may test all 3,711 passengers and crew on board. They’re also trying to get medicine to more than 600 passengers who have requested it, the AP reported. There are 11 Americans among those who have tested positive on the Diamond Princess, The Washington Post reported. Four more patients in England have tested positive, bringing the total there to eight, officials in the UK said. The newest diagnosis was from people who had contact with others who were diagnosed with the virus. The country’s department of health said that people diagnosed with coronavirus could be forcibly quarantined. Two hospitals have been set up as isolation facilities, the AP reported. In the United States, there are 12 confirmed cases, CNN reported. And flights from China are going to only 11 airports in the U.S., the AP reported. So far, there are six confirmed cases in California, two in Illinois and one each in Massachusetts, Washington, Wisconsin, and Arizona, CNN reported.
  • SpaceX will try again to launch their fifth “Starlink” satellite mission Monday, February 17 at 10 AM. If it falls through, a backup launch will be announced for Tuesday, February 18 at 9:42 AM. The Falcon 9 rocket was originally expected to launch this morning, but technical issues rather than weather led to the mission’s second delay, the first was on Saturday. In a press release, mission control says that the new batch of internet satellites will be deployed no more than 15 minutes after launch, and any recoverable parts of the rocket should be back on earth within 45 minutes. Beginning later this year, the “satellite constellation” will broadcast wi-fi internet signals to the United States and Canada before falling back to earth and burning up within five years, requiring semi-regular launches to re-populate the fleet of hundreds. World-wide coverage is anticipated by 2021. Tune in to 96.5 FM on Monday after Orlando’s Morning News to hear the launch live as it happens.
  • Executive visits to the sunshine state have become much more frequent since President Trump officially moved to Florida last year, but his supporters are no less thrilled to be in the same place at the same time as “the Don.” Today, he’s expected to be in the grandstands with First Lady Melania Trump in time to see the “Great American Race” begin at 2:30 PM. Tony Marino, News 96.5 WDBO reporter and the host of Orlando’s Evening News, looks ahead to the crowd’s reaction upon seeing the President’s picturesque arrival this afternoon: “Some 200,000 race fans are going to witness the arrival of Air Force One coming into Daytona International Airport, the runway directly opposite the grandstands of the International Speedway.” The visit is significant, given that the last sitting President to attend the 500 was George W. Bush in 2004, and security has been noticeably beefed-up. Clearing the way for the President’s ride-in, a thirty-mile “no-fly zone” around the track was announced last week by the secret service, the first conclusive hint that President Trump was going to come see the race. Additionally, attendants’ belongings were heavily scrutinized during their walk in, and photos of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents walking among the crowd with K-9s at their side are peppering social media coverage of the race: Mobile users, see tweet here. The Daytona International Speedway’s list of prohibited items is lengthy, banning things that may not seem as obviously unwelcome as guns and illegal drugs to the event. Some items of note include umbrellas, hard-sided coolers, collapsible chairs, and backpacks larger than 17-inches in length, all tools that a spectator may find themselves unprepared to go without as they prepare for a two-and-a-half hour race under the hot sun.  This hasn’t dissuaded many, the average fan that Marino encounters tells him that they’re happy to be there and are eager to see the President. Be sure to stay on the radio today for more of Tony’s coverage from the Daytona International Speedway.
  • Police in New York are searching for a suspect accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood, authorities said. According to WPIX-TV, police believe that Andre Clarke, 45, raped the girl in her home about 9 a.m. Saturday. She was treated at a nearby hospital, where her condition was listed as stable, authorities said. Police said Clarke, who is bald with brown eyes, stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 275 pounds, WPIX reported. He may be wearing an olive jacket and shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers and a black hat, police said. Authorities said Clarke is likely traveling in a 2019 Nissan Maxima with New York tag JKN4415, the outlet reported. Read more here.
  • At least five people were shot, one fatally, at a Connecticut nightclub early Sunday, authorities said. According to Hartford police, the deadly shooting occurred at a south-end nightclub at 451 Franklin Ave. Information about the survivors' conditions was not immediately available. Police said the incident is under investigation.  Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Department's tip line at 860-722-TIPS. Read more here.

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  • Trying to bounce back from a disappointing fourth place finish in New Hampshire, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) found energy and solace from a large turnout at a Thursday night rally in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., as Warren aimed her fire at the stalking horse of the 2020 Democratic race, billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Veering away from her usual stump speech, Warren turned her fire on Bloomberg, who has quickly turned into a threat to every Democratic candidate who survived the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary. 'Michael Bloomberg came in on the billionaire plan,' Warren said, as the crowd booed at the mention of his name. 'Just buy yourself the nomination.' “A video just came out yesterday in which Michael Bloomberg is saying in effect, that the 2008 financial crash was caused because the banks weren’t permitted to discriminate against black and brown people,” Warren said, sharpening a verbal knife for the former New York mayor.  “And anyone who thinks that should not be the leader of our party,' Warren added. The turnout for Warren's stop overwhelmed a large gymnasium at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, an area which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, as hundreds of people were shunted to an overflow room, with hundreds more kept outside. Before starting her rally, the Massachusetts Democrat was greeted by loud cheers from the first overflow room as she vowed to press ahead in this Democratic race for the White House. 'I am in this fight with you until we win it,' a charged-up Warren said. The Senator then threw on a coat and sprinted outside where hundreds more were standing in the dark, unable to get in the schoolhouse door. Back inside before the crowd in the gym, Warren wasted little time getting down to the business of the 2020 race. 'I'm here to ask for your vote,' Warren said early in her remarks, reflecting a new sense of urgency in her stump speech.  'We've heard from two states,' Warren said, making clear she's not quitting after just Iowa and New Hampshire. In a county which voted 76-17 percent for Hillary Clinton in 2016 over Donald Trump, Warren's message was very well received - no matter the troubles she ran into in New Hampshire. 'The story is the scene outside,' one woman said unprompted to me about the hundreds and hundreds of people outside who were unable to get in to see Warren. 'It's phenomenal.' A few hours before her appearance in Virginia, it was a different kind of feel, as Warren sent a video fundraising plea to her supporters. 'I need to level with you,' Warren said from what looked like a kitchen in a house. 'Our movement needs critical funds so that I can remain competitive in this race through Super Tuesday.' Super Tuesday is in less than three weeks on March 3, meaning there is little time to campaign in person in Nevada, South Carolina - and the fourteen Super Tuesday states. 'We setting an ambitious goal of raising $7 million before the Nevada Caucuses,' Warren added in her plea for cash. Nevada takes place on February 22. The South Carolina Primary is February 29. In between, there are two Democratic debates.