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Joplin starving girl case leads to charges against 2 women

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JOPLIN, MO (AP) - Two Joplin women are charged with child endangerment after one of the women's 3-year-old daughter was hospitalized weighing only 12 pounds.

Jasper County authorities charged 26-year-old Beth A. Williams and her roommate, 27-year-old Christina M. Haidle with first-degree child endangerment.

Williams took her daughter to the hospital on July 1. 

The Joplin Globe reports a probable cause statement says the girl had a body temperature too low to register and a pulse so faint that CPR was performed at the hospital.

Doctors at a Springfield hospital said the girl was suffering from chronic malnutrition. She is currently with a foster family. The two women are each being held on $500,000 bond.

Court records do not indicate that the women have attorneys.

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Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com  

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