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Mother charged with neglect after 42-pound teen son dies

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee mother is facing child neglect charges following the death of her 42-pound teenage son.

A criminal complaint says Iraida Pizarro-Osorio brought her 16-year-old son to a medical clinic in Milwaukee last week after he became unresponsive. The teen died at the clinic. The complaint says he weighed just 42 pounds.

Pizarro-Osorio told police he had a genetic disorder, was epileptic and autistic and that the condition impacted his ability to gain weight. She said he also had the mental capacity of a small child and never weighed more than 75 to 80 pounds.

Milwaukee police have ordered the medical examiner’s office not to disclose the child’s cause of death. Pizarro-Osorio’s public defender declined to comment on the case.

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This story has been corrected to the cause of death not yet disclosed by medical examiner.

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