County case workers have argued that the boy’s mother, proved medical neglect towards him by not taking appropriate measures to get his weight in control, which eventually led the third-grader to weigh 200 pounds, and that such a state makes him prone to serious health conditions.
Critics say that this case surfaces hypocrisy as the same government, who reacted by placing the boy into foster care, and convicting his mother to be negligent towards her son’s obese condition, also deemed pizza as a vegetable for the purpose of lunch for school going children. A medical ethics professor defined the situation as, “a schizophrenic stance”, while his interview with Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Mother’s attorney put forward a stance that “the honor-roll student faces no immediate health threat”, and pointed out that the emotional impact of being taken from his family could hurt him.
On the other hand, county case workers have their own stance, as that put forward the proof, that after becoming aware of the boy’s weight, back in 2010, when the kid visited the hospital with breathing issues, DCFS worked with the boy’s mother for more than a year before seeking custody. In response, the defendant’s attorney claimed that “the actual mother did not get the same assistance as the boy’s foster mother was getting”. However, because the foster mom is struggling to keep up with the boy’s appointments, officials are considering extending her extra help or moving the boy to a home with a personal trainer.
The public defender says, “I wonder why they didn't offer the mother that kind of extra help.”