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MERCER, Pa. (AP) The mother and maternal grandparents of an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy who police say nearly starved to death have been ordered to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

District Judge Brian Arthur was so upset by pictures and reports that the boy was 25 pounds in June that he revoked the defendants’ bond and ordered them jailed unless they each post $100,000.

Attorneys for the boy’s mother, 28-year-old Mary C. Rader, and grandparents, 59-year-old Dennis Beighley and 48-year-old Deana Beighly, suggested the boy had a problem with growth hormones. But county caseworkers and doctors indicated it appeared he was purposely kept from eating and nearly starved.

The boy, then 7, was removed from his Greenville home in June when a neighbor noticed his “skeletal” appearance.


  • SecretAgent

    Thank the Lord, that some neighbors choose to be nosey and step in. Too many children have to endure things because adults don’t want to get their hands dirty and jump in to help rescue them.

    • Mascoutan

      Revenge in mine, sayth the Lord. Pray for the boy to recover and to the Lord to take his revenge on these animals. Too bad they can’t be locked in a cell and forgotten about for a month or so…

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