(KFOR/CNN) – An Oklahoma mother is facing child neglect charges after she allegedly starved her two young children and made them eat dog feces.
Mary Elizabeth Moore, 34, was arrested on two counts of felony child neglect after her children, ages 3 and 5, were rushed to the hospital, weighing just 18 and 26 pounds, respectively.
According to court documents, the children were so malnourished that hospital staff placed them on a “special diet” and applied “nasal feeding tubes.”
“This is definitely an extreme case of child neglect, one of the worst that I’ve seen,” said Delaware County Undersheriff Tracy Shaw.
According to an affidavit, the child “had pin worms in her stool as well” and indicated she “gets spanked for hitting and laughing.”
“If somebody had not reported this, the hospital records and the child abuse expert that examined them in Tulsa stated that they would probably be dead,” said Shaw. “[The] DHS has had many, many complaints on her in the past for child neglect, malnourishment type issues.”
Moore was arrested at her home, which is located in a secluded and rural area about five miles from the town of Jay, OK. Shaw says she denied the allegations when she was brought in for questioning.
The mother is being held on a $100,000 bond.