IL DCFS Launched Investigation in Jerseyville Boy’s Starvation Death; Find Hotline Call 2 Years Before

IL DCFS Launched Investigation in Jerseyville Boy’s Starvation Death; Find Hotline Call 2 Years Before

Illinois child welfare officials say they received a hotline call about a 6-year-old Jerseyville boy’s home nearly two years before he starved to death.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Illinois Department of Children and Family Services launched an investigation after a January 2016 hotline caller “alleged inadequate food in the home.”

Agency spokeswoman Alissandra Calderon says a pediatric specialist found the child’s low weight was a result of a medical condition and “the investigation was closed as unfounded.”

The boy’s father and stepmother, Michael and Georgena Roberts, were charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment after the boy died last week weighing 17 pounds.

Jersey County State’s Attorney Benjamin Goetten said authorities don’t believe the boy was malnourished due to a medical condition. He didn’t elaborate.