Update: Judge, State Return 14-Year-Old With Severe Diaper Rash To Parents
"In Child's Best Interest"
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Omaha, NE - A 14-year-old special education student who had a severe case of diaper rash--and was taken away from his parents--is back at home.
The boy was rushed to the hospital last February after school workers found him wearing the same diaper they'd put on him the day before. It wasn't the first time he hadn't been changed.
The boy has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, is unable to talk, and needs a wheelchair.
According to court papers, it was the fourth time the teen came to school wearing the same diaper staff had put on him the day before. Police say the diaper was "very soiled" and he had "red-raised weeping rash" on his front and back diaper areas, as well as on his upper thighs.
The school nurse called officers after she noticed bruising on the boy's arm, the severe diaper rash, and the unchanged diaper.
The Bryan student was taken to Children's Hospital, then to Ambassador Health.
Court documents said the mother was not taking care of him. Police investigated for possible child neglect, but didn't cite the parents.
Juvenile court records show the parents received special training at Ambassador Health and converted their dining room into a bedroom for the boy.
Also, workers from a health care service were scheduled to go to the home twice a week, and a family support worker was scheduled to go to the home in the morning and in the evening "to ensure the minor child is properly cared for."
Reported by Kathy Sarantos Niver, email@example.com