Saturday, May 23, 2009

555 Pound Teen Disappears, allegedly endangered by mother

A 555-pound South Carolina teen who disappeared with his mother after she was accused of neglecting his health was found with her Thursday at a laundry in Baltimore, authorities said.

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Greenville County, S.C., Sheriff's

Paramedics checked Alexander Draper, 14, before turning him over to the Maryland Department of Social Services, police said.
His mother, 49-year-old Jerri Gray, was arrested on a charge of violating a custody order, police said. South Carolina officials plan to pursue her extradition back to the state.
Authorities said the teen was at a "stage of critical health risk," but wouldn't provide details about his medical condition beyond his weight, said Greenville County Sheriff's Lt. Shea Smith.
Officials are making arrangements to bring the boy back to South Carolina, Smith said.
Investigators didn't know if Gray had an attorney and her relatives have not responded to messages left by The Associated Press.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services contacted deputies Tuesday after Gray failed to make a scheduled court appearance so officials could begin investigating claims of child neglect and endangerment.

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