Shocking Update to Oklahoma child abuse case: Child found searching dumpster for food, neighbors hope for justice

EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – Neighbors on the Espresso Creek Cell Residence Park are reacting after a ravenous eight-year-old boy is discovered digging round within the dumpster searching for meals. They informed KFOR they might’ve stepped in to assist in the event that they knew what was occurring behind closed doorways.

“Starved their kids? On this day?” stated Jimmy Whomble, who lives within the space. “I actually cannot think about. That is horrible.”

Edmond Police stated the eight-year-old was seen crawling out of his bed room window at night time as a result of he was hungry.

“He was truly within the dumpster, so we sort of scared him after we threw within the rubbish,” stated Lashaunda Campbell, who lives two trailers away from the crime.

The eight-year-old was rushed to the hospital, after DHS caseworkers realized how malnourished the boy was.

“He was simply over three toes tall, about 30 kilos, and wore a measurement 3T clothes,” stated Emily Ward with the Edmond Police Division. “These measurements, should you look on World Well being Group, that might be the dimensions of a two-and-a-half 12 months previous.”

Officers additionally stated the boy was so skinny his pores and skin gave the impression to be hanging from his physique and his stomach was distended.

“There is no genetic situation that might trigger him to be that measurement,” stated Ward.

“I’d’ve gladly given him meals,” stated Lashaunda Campbell, who lives two trailers away from the household.

DHS rushed the eight 12 months previous to the hospital, the place employees reported one thing was off together with his mom, Akemi Cox.

“She was just a little unusual and restricted on what he was consuming when the employees would attempt to feed him,” Ward informed KFOR.

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Akemi Cox and Valero Garcia

Cox and her fiancé Valero Garcia had been arrested and at the moment are on the Oklahoma County Detention Middle. They face a number of youngster neglect costs.

Neighbors inform us they’re now piecing collectively the household dynamic.

“They by no means actually interacted with folks,” stated Campbell. “They had been extra preserve to themselves.”

In a tragic and ironic twist, KFOR discovered Fb posts from Cox’s pals thanking her for donating meals to households in want. Police stated she additionally made cash by driving for Uber Eats and would take the boy together with her.

Cox already misplaced parental rights to 5 different kids, making her neighbors marvel concerning the DHS course of.

“They’ve had circumstances for thus lengthy, years that date again. They nonetheless have custody of a kid?” stated Campbell. “That’s the place our system must be extra concerned.”

“Let anyone else handle them. There are lots of different individuals who will handle your children,” stated neighbor Michelle Smith. “I’d’ve taken care of him.”

Neighbors additionally informed us, they’re hoping for justice.

“I am not a imply individual, however as a mom, I hope they do get severely penalized as a result of this can be a youngster we’re speaking about,” stated Campbell.

Edmond Police stated for the reason that boy was positioned in foster care, he has gained weight. After solely being in DHS custody for a few month, the eight 12 months previous gained 15 kilos, which is half of his authentic physique weight.

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