Birmingham mom 'never got around' to taking starving son to doctor
BIRMINGHAM, Iowa —
KTVO has now learned more details about the case of a Birmingham, Iowa, mother accused of starving her infant son to death.
Angel Poole, 23, was arrested last Friday for the July 2016 death of her two-month-old son, Judah Wessels.
Poole has been charged with Child Endangerment Causing Death.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, Judah was examined by a doctor on May 9, 2016, just eight days after his birth.
At that time, he was described as weighing nearly seven pounds and appeared to be well-fed and cared for.
At the time of his death in July, he weighed just five pounds.
In the two months between his birth and death, investigators said Poole missed or failed to schedule follow-up appointments, telling authorities that she 'just never got around to it.'
An autopsy revealed Judah was "markedly malnourished" at the time of his death.
The cause of death was ruled to be due to starvation and dehydration.
Poole has been released on a $15,000 bond.
Her next court appearance is set for April 19, 2017.
If she is convicted as charged, Poole could face a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.