MOSES LAKE, Wash.-- The 2-year old, 10 pound Moses Lake boy hospitalized in May has been transferred to an undisclosed long term medical facility.
He was transferred approximately three weeks ago and he is still in Washington State. The child is stable but on life support.
Authorities discovered the boy at his parent's Moses Lake house on the 3800 block of Shorecrest Drive NE in early May with no heart beat. Authorities flew him to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane where he was put on life support.
The search warrant revealed the child's mother is Michelle Staats. A search of the address reveals a Robert Staats also lives at the home. Detectives combed through their home for evidence and pulled medicine bottles.
Documents say the family may have been using naturopath provider for the 2-year-old boy.
The search warrant said that the child had "a body core temperature of 89 degrees, a weak pulse, and blood loss from the rectum...The child had no muscle tone, no hair, and it was apparent that the child suffered severe malnutrition. It was also obvious that the child could not even have sat up on his own for some time."
The search warrant also stated that the boy had no medical history on file. The mother had mentioned that she had consulted with a Chinese herbal provider in the San Francisco area.
One of the investigating detectives, a 23-year veteran of law enforcement, called this the worst case of child abuse or neglect he has ever seen.
The family’s other children, who lived at the home, are in protective custody and will likely not be released any time soon. Deputies said they are fine and show no signs of physical abuse.
Detectives have submitted a report to the Grant County Prosecutors Office and the case is currently being reviewed for charging.
The mugshot of Robert Staats is from 2000.