Issac Brothers-Bartholomew died Nov. 6 of malnutrition at his family's Risden Road home. His mother, Adrienne Bartholomew, 34, called 911 after she discovered her son unresponsive in his crib. Her husband, James Brothers, 33, was holding the child's lifeless body in his arms when paramedics arrived.
The child was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Social workers then removed the couple's six surviving children from the home, although four of them were taken to a Cleveland hospital to be treated for malnutrition. Erie County deputies and a coroner's report have said Isaac died of malnutrition.
The children ranged in age from 11 to 2 years old. The children's grandmother, who is a home healthcare nurse, was responsible for taking care of at least three of the children. Detectives said the grandmother's role in the home is also a focus of their investigation.
Officials at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said they plan to investigate any prior involvement on the part of social workers at Erie County Job and
Family Services. Administrators at the county agency initially said they received no complaints about the family, but they later changed their story and said they had, in fact, received three phone calls from people concerned about the Brothers-Bartholomew family in recent years.