A Columbia man and woman have been charged with unlawful conduct toward a child after authorities found that a 12-year-old girl in their care was malnourished.
Eugene Coleman, 62, and Joe Ann Coleman , 57, were arrested Wednesday, Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago said in a news release.
The CPD Special Victims Unit investigation determined that the girl was malnourished and underweight as a result of the couples conduct. She has been placed in foster care. the CPD said.
When taken into custody by child protective services, the child was 4 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 44 pounds, CPD spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said. That is well below the average range expected for a 12-year-old American child according to pediatric growth charts by the Centers for Disease Control.
-- Rachael Myers Lowe