9 yr.-old weighed 17 lbs. at death; parents charged

On August 1st, Jarrod Tutko Jr. was found dead inside his home

(CNN) – Pennsylvania authorities have charged a couple with criminal homicide after the death of their 9 year-old son from starvation. They say at the time of his death the boy weighed just 17 pounds.

“It’s really tragic to see what happened Jarrod Tutko, Jr.”

On August 1st, Jarrod Tutko Jr. was found dead inside his home. His father was arrested soon after for charges related to not reporting the death.  The child had been dead for a few days, but Monday, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico charged both parents Kimberly and Jarrod Sr. with homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, Jarrod Jr. was locked inside his bedroom by his parents. There was no bed, no light and no air conditioning. Feces covered the floor and walls.

On the day he died, the 9 year-old only weighed 11 pounds heavier than the day he was born.

Marsico said when authorities first went into the home, another of the couple’s children with disabilities was near death. That child was taken to the hospital. All five are now in the care of the county.

Court documents also reveal the family was receiving nearly $3,200 a month in welfare. That figure also included $351 a month in food stamps, all the while the autopsy revealed Jarrod Jr. died of starvation.

“His parents intentionally did not provide him with the food and care that you’d expect anyone to provide their own child or any child.  I’ve been to a lot of crime scenes over 25 years and this one ranks up there among the most horrific.”

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