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Vermilion toddler dies from possible malnourishment

Emil Whitis • Nov 13, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Erie County deputies said they're investigating the death Tuesday of a toddler whose six siblings have since been removed from the family's Vermilion Township home.  

Isaac Brothers-Bartholomew, 18 months old, was dead by the time paramedics arrived at the Risden Road home at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy's report said.

Three of Isaac's six siblings remain in hospitals, where they're being treated for suspected malnourishment, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

The condition of the children is "disturbing," Oliver said.

"The 6-year-old weighs 23 pounds," he said. “One nurse was crying when they brought the kids in. That’s how bad it was.”

The parents of the seven children — James Brothers, 33, and Adrienne Bartholomew, 34 — told deputies the children suffer from medical conditions and various disabilities, according to a deputy's report.  

At least one of the children, a 6-year-old boy, was immediately taken to a Lorain hospital when paramedics arrived at the home Tuesday night, the report said.

The remaining children — ages 11, 7, 6, 4 and 2 — were taken to their grandmother's home, but on Thursday morning social workers removed them and placed them into foster care, the report said.

Read more in Saturday's Register.


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