Mom waives evidence hearing in case of malnourished boy

Published on July 12, 2017 at 02:30PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah mother charged with child abuse after her 12-year-old son was found severely malnourished has waived a hearing where prosecutors would have presented the evidence against her. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports a lawyer for the 36-year-old Toquerville woman said Tuesday that she’ll enter a plea at her next court appearance. Defense attorney Edward Flint tells the newspaper prosecutors haven’t offered her a plea deal, so the case may go to trial. The Associated Press is not naming the woman to avoid identifying the boy. The boy weighed just 30 pounds when he was found in January in a feces-strewn bathroom with one blanket, a few empty cans of beans and a camera. Flint says she was overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do.