"He's stiff as a board," was the cry to 911 operators from a frantic mother Nov. 6 in Erie County Ohio.
She was talking about her 18-month-old son who, she said, had medical issues.
Emergency responders rushed to the home where they found the undersized boy and six other children, most malnourished, according to a 911 tape.
No charges were immediately filed in the case, but the six children, most with physical or mental disabilities or both, were removed from the home and four were sent to the hospital.
A 6-year-old weighed 23 pounds, about half the average 40- to 50-pound weight for the age. The oldest child was 11.