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Another in the running for mom of the year.

Mom of starving teen charged
By Marie Szaniszlo
Sunday, August 7, 2005

The Hyde Park mother accused of letting her 13-year-old daughter wither into a state of near-deadly emaciation was arrested yesterday on multiple charges of abusing her child, Boston police said.

Deborah R. Robinson, 38, of Garfield Avenue was taken into custody soon after she was released from Carney Hospital, where the distraught woman had been taken after her daughter and 15-year-old son were removed from her care Wednesday amid neglect charges.

She will be arraigned tomorrow in West Roxbury District Court on charges of assault and battery upon a child and wanton and reckless behavior, police said.

Her daughter remained in critical condition yesterday, three days after she was found starving and near death from infection, the Department of Social Services said.

The girl, whose name the Herald is withholding, was found ``very emaciated and severely weakened'' at 3 a.m. after someone from her apartment called 911, saying she was unresponsive, Social Services Commissioner Harry Spence said.

She remained in the intensive-care unit yesterday at Boston Medical Center, where she is being treated for an infection that has spread to several organs, Social Services spokeswoman Denise Monteiro said. The girl had lost as much as 30 pounds, she said
 
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