Seven relatives charged in Tennessee boy’s starvation death

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BARTLETT, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities in Tennessee say seven family members have been charged with murder in the starvation death of a 14-year-old boy.

Prosecutors say a mother and six relatives who lived together in a community home arrangement in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett have been indicted on charges of murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse and neglect.

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An eighth relative, the boy’s grandmother, died in May. Her charges were dismissed. Police went to a home in January 2020 and found the boy unresponsive. An autopsy showed the boy weighed 60 pounds (27 kilograms) and died of starvation.