Gov. Baker to discuss case of boy allegedly beaten, starved

Baker has scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference at the Statehouse.

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to discuss a report on the case of a 7-year-old Hardwick boy who allegedly was beaten, starved and dehydrated by his father.

Baker has scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference at the Statehouse.

The Department of Children and Families took custody of the boy July 14 and brought him to a hospital after his father, Randall Lints, of Hardwick, called 911 to say his son was unresponsive.

The boy weighed 38 pounds, well below average for his age, and appeared dehydrated and starving. He also had bleach burns on his hands and knees.

The boy remains in a coma in a long-term rehabilitation center.

Lints has pleaded not guilty to assault and child endangerment charges. He was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail.

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