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State Takes Custody of Tot Found Wandering in the Snow

State Takes Custody of Tot Found Wandering in the Snow

Posted - Jan. 1, 2004 at 10:16 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state has taken protective custody of an 18-month-old Midvale boy found wandering in the snow wearing only a diaper.

The state Division of Child and Family Services also took the boy's two older sisters, ages 2 and 4, into protective custody.

DCFS director Richard Anderson said Wednesday that an investigation of the family's background found a series of neglect incidents involving all the children over a number of years.

Both parents were involved in the neglect situations, he said.

No charges have been filed, but Midvale police said they were investigating allegations of neglect and abuse.

The boy was found Tuesday morning by a bus driver and a neighbor. He was treated at Primary Children's Medical Center for a minor case of hypothermia and low blood sugar, and was released from the hospital Wednesday.

The boy lived in an apartment complex dedicated to single parents trying to escape abusive relationships.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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