Guilty Plea from Caldwell Woman in Near Starvation of Baby Case
After 21-year-old Tiffany Knapp's infant daughter was found suffering from extreme malnutrition, the Caldwell woman plead guilty yesterday for neglecting to feed the baby which is a felony charge. This could get her as much as 10 years in prison.
According to court documents, Child Protective Services and Caldwell police officers were called out to Knapp's home in March when they received a tip that the baby, who's only 8 months old, was "severely malnourished and underweight."
Medical personnel who treated the baby reported that she was only 11 pounds which is well below the average weight for a child that age. Had the child not received medical attention, staffers say that she would have likely died within a few days due to starvation and malnutrition.
According to police, Knapp's baby had only been fed Kool-Aid and diluted milk. After being taken into custody by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the baby has since been put into foster care and reportedly has gained 4 pounds over 20 days.
Sentencing for Knapp is set for April 3.
Remember, if you suspect a Treasure Valley child is being abused or neglected you can call the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's abuse hotline 208-334-KIDS (5437.)