Charges expected to be announced Saturday in child neglect case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Charges are expected to be announced Saturday afternoon in the case of a 10-year-old girl found in poor health in a Kansas City home.

According to the Jackson County Prosecutors office, the charges will be read at a 4:30 p.m. news conference.

Missouri Department of Family Services received a tip on their hotline about a girl living in a closet. When DFS and Kansas City Police arrived at the home Friday morning, they found the girl severely malnourished and living in her own feces.

"Give or take a few (pounds) she weighs about a third of what a 10-year-old should weigh," said KCMOPD Captain Steve Young.

Officials believe the girl had been living in the closet for an extended period of time. Officers discovered the closet was her bedroom and bathroom. The closet was rigged where it could only be opened from the outside.

"The baby believed that the closet she was sleeping in was her room, said neighbor Kimberly Coppage.

Neighbors say the mother and her two younger daughters lived in the apartment with her boyfriend. They say the boyfriend was the father of the younger daughters, but not the father of the 10-year-old.

The 10-year-old girl is now recovering at Children's Mercy Hospital.

The mother and boyfriend are in police custody on a 24 hour hold until prosecutors can figure out charges.

The two other daughters are in protective custody.

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