A Delaware County woman accused of starving her children and making them eat dog feces is in jail.
Mary Elizabeth Moore, 34, of rural Delaware County is charged in Delaware County District Court with two counts of child neglect.
The two children, ages 5 and 3, are now in state custody after Moore refused to take them to a hospital and was resistant to the medical staff’s advice, according to an arrest warrant.
The two children were hospitalized at Saint Francis Hospital intensive care unit in Tulsa, where the older child weighed 26 pounds and the younger sibling weighed 18 pounds, the affidavit states.
The children were so malnourished “that hospital staff had to place them on a special diet and applied nasal feeding tubes,” the affidavit states. They were later diagnosed with “severely malnourished and developed re-feeding syndrome before beginning to gain weight.”
Both of the children’s failure to thrive “is due to protein-calorie malnutrition, not being provided enough calories,” the affidavit states.
When Department of Human Services workers asked the older child about her diet she stated she ate dog feces, which the arresting officer noted in the affidavit was the reason for the pinworms found in the child.
“DHS records indicate a long withstanding history of failure to thrive cases brought up against Mary (Moore),” the affidavit states.
The child told investigators that Moore’s boyfriend “sometimes throws bottles” at the younger child and described in graphic detail eating dog feces.
Moore denied starving her children and feeding them dog feces and later became upset with the interview and left, the affidavit states
A Delaware County woman accused of starving her children and making them eat dog feces is in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.