“This was a case where the crime was failing to act,” Burns explained, adding that instead of hitting a child, this was about failure to provide “adequate food and medical care for the child.”
Burns said testimony revealed the infant “weighed 9 ounces more than he weighed at birth. He was 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 7 pounds, 5 ounces when born.”
The baby had a blood sugar level of 27, Burns said, based on testimony in the trial. He added that the normal range is 60-100.
“He would have died if law enforcement had not found him,” said the D.A.
Recent photos and testimony from case workers showed that the now 13-month-old boy has adequate fat on his body; however, Burns said doctors called him “developmentally delayed.”
“At 13 months, he can't crawl, he can't sit alone without falling over and he has problems with the muscles in his neck,” Burns explained, noting that he received physical therapy while in foster care.
“One of doctors told us, in the investigation stage in July, his little brain had not grown any since birth,” Burns told the Index. “The prognosis is guarded, but good if he continues physical therapy. The long-term effects of severe malnutrition are unknown.”
A sentencing trial for Collins' wife and the baby's mother, Amanda Rena Winters-Collins, will began this morning.
Burns said the mother “already pleaded guilty Monday morning, prior to start of jury selection,” which he said means she will have a jury-assessed punishment by a separate jury.