Douglas County mom allegedly starved 6-week-old

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 10, 2013 

Jamie Lynn Bentley

Lithia Springs resident Jamie Lynn Bentley, 33, was arrested and charged with felony cruelty to children after allegedly starving her 6-week-old child.

According to the Douglas County Sentinel, Bentley was denied bond in court last Friday. Officials said that Bentley "fed her baby only two ounces of food every six hours from the time it was born."

They said that, at six weeks old, the baby had lost two pounds from its birth weight. The child was taken back to the hospital after a nurse with the Department of Family and Children Services visited the Bentley home.

The starving child was hospitalized for more than a week, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. At eight weeks, it returned to its birth weight.

"DFCS has been involved in this since the beginning," Kristi Wilson, with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, told the court. She added that there were "a lot" of drug abuse allegations against Bentley.

In court, Douglas County Magistrate Court Judge Susan Camp said that photos of the child were "terrible."

Bentley has denied the allegations against her: "He lost weight so drastically in the last three days," she said.

Her seven other children were also taken from her.

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