Couple Accused of Killing Son Who Had Cerebral Palsy

A couple was recently accused of killing their 17-year-old son who had cerebral palsy, after he was found to be "severely underweight," and had "bedsores' across numerous areas of his body, according to police.

In a press release, the Oswego County Sheriff's Office in upstate New York said that earlier this week, Lisa Waldron and her partner, Anthony Waldron, were arrested on charges related to the death of a 17-year-old boy. The sheriff's office said that Lisa Waldron was the boy's mother and Anthony was his stepfather.

The arrest announcement comes several months after the 17-year-old boy was found dead in the couple's home in Palermo, New York.

According to the Oswego County Sheriff's Office, on May 9, 2021, sheriff's deputies went to a home in Palermo, responding to reports that a 17-year-old boy was found unresponsive.

"He was transported the hospital and pronounced deceased soon after," the sheriff's office said.

Shortly later, a postmortem investigation revealed that the boy "was found to be severely underweight with bedsores covering a significant portion of his body," the sheriff's office said.

In the months following the boy's death, the sheriff's office conducted an extensive investigation. Deputies spoke with the boy's teachers, parents and doctors, as well as both physical and occupational therapists.

"Past records were obtained from medical institutions, schools and other agencies involved with the child's care," the sheriff's office said.

In February, the local medical examiner's office published a finalized report on the incident, which ruled the boy's death as a homicide. According to the report, the boy's death was caused "in part by infection and malnutrition."

According to the sheriff's office, the couple was arrested on Tuesday, March 15 and charged with manslaughter in the second degree and criminally negligent homicide. They were also charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person in the first degree.

In an update on Thursday, the Oswego County Sheriff's Office said that after the couple was arraigned, they were transported to Oswego County Jail. Lisa Waldron was jailed on a $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond, while her partner, was jailed on a $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond, authorities said.

"Both are currently scheduled to appear in Palermo Town Court on April 4th, 2022, at 5:00 PM," the press release said.

According to Syracuse.com, Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes said that Anthony Waldron's bail was double his partner's because he refused to voluntarily turn himself in" after a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Syracuse.com also reported that Anthony Waldron previously spent two years in prison for attempted second-degree burglary.

Newsweek reached out to the Oswego County Sheriff's Office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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A couple was recently arrested and charged in the death of their son who had cerebral palsy. Above, police tape hangs across the street in front of a house in Park City, Kansas, on February 26, 2005. Larry W. Smith/Getty