MOSES LAKE -- A 2-year-old boy weighing less than 10 pounds was found in his Moses Lake home in a case that one investigator called the "worst case of child abuse or neglect" he has ever seen.
The toddler is on life support at Providence-Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, authorities said.
Grant County sheriff's deputies were called to the boy's home around 1 p.m. Wednesday along with paramedics and EMTs from Grant Fire District 5 and AMR. When they got there, they found the boy, who appeared extremely malnourished, with no heartbeat, said Kyle Foreman, a Grant County spokesman.
Emergency responders performed CPR and got the boy's heart beating again. He was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake, then flown to Sacred Heart.
When he was admitted, the boy weighed less than 10 pounds, Foreman said. The average weight range for a 2-year-old boy in the United States is 34 to 48 pounds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
One of the investigating detectives who has been in law enforcement for 23 years called this the "worst case" he's seen, but Foreman said people need to have patience.
"We know when we have any type of suspected child abuse, it does spur outrage among people ... but with that in mind, we need people not to take any action themselves and let detectives do their work."