Parents arrested over child (11) who weighs 15-stone
Published 06/06/2014 | 10:30
The parents of an 11-year-old boy have been arrested for allowing their son to become dangerously overweight, it has been reported.
The couple, from King’s Lynn, Norforlk, were questioned by police on suspicion of neglect and child cruelty after the alarm was raised over their 15-stone child.
The boy, who is 5ft 1in tall, has a body mass index of 41.8 - close to double the the healthy level - and was barred from activities on a recent school trip due to his weight.
According to The Sun, teachers at a specialist autism school he attends contacted social services after becoming concerned by his ballooning weight.
Doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn later alerted the police, who attended the family’s home and invited the boy’s parents to be interviewed under caution.
The father, 49, is believed to have spent time in a cell before being interviewed, while his wife was questioned the following day. They have both been released on bail.
The boy’s 43-year-old mother, who is unemployed, told the newspaper: “The idea they could take away my son scares me so much, I’m nothing without my kids.
“His weight isn’t that much of a big deal. I’m chubby and the whole of my husband’s side of the family is big. It’s genetics - you can be genetically fat.”
The family are believed to have placed the boy on a strict diet and said they encourage him to keep an active lifestyle by playing video games on the Nintendo Wii.
“He’s always been big,” his father said. “He was born with shovels for hands and spades for feet. Everyone on my side of the family is big. There’s nothing we can do about it.
“Our son’s favourite snack is steamed broccoli - and he’s still big.”
But according to a social services report, the 11-year-old has was unable to get up alone when he fell over during a school swimming session.
A spokeswoman for Forfolk Constabulary said: "We can confirm a 49-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman, both from the King’s Lynn area, were arrested in March on suspicion of child neglect and cruelty under section 1 of the Children’s Act 1933.
"They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
A Norfolk County Council spokesman said the authority could not comment on the parents’ arrest.