Underweight child leads to neglect charges against adopted parents

L-R, Bradley Fahrenkrug, Kimberly Fahrenkrug (Brown Co. Jail)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) –- A Wrightstown, Wisconsin, couple faces multiple charges for allegedly not feeding their 5-year-old son –- who weighed just 29 pounds.

Kimberly & Bradley Fahrenkrug were charged Monday with first-degree reckless injury, mental harm to a child, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, child neglect resulting in great bodily harm, and false imprisonment.

According to the criminal complaint:

The boy was taken to American Family Children’s Hospital at UW-Madison in April. The initial report called it “the most egregious example of starvation and torture that she has ever seen.”

Bradley Fahrenkrug told police the boy is prone to violent fits, and sometimes would refuse to eat.

“I guess I don’t want to say that Kim and I began to withhold food away from (the child) but we began to portion it out so that he would not get sick. We did not want him to gag which is what he would do when he would overeat,” Bradley is quoted as saying. “I believe that he may be manipulating the nurses now to get more food. He is really smart. I am not worried about him getting extra food now, I am worried about his behavior.”

He said they sought treatment for the boy, who they adopted, and noted that they did not have the same behavioral issues with their biological children.

However, police noted “he has not shown any of the behavior claimed by Kimberly and Bradley and appears to be a normal 5 year old with appropriate behaviors,” the complaint states.

A $100,000 cash bond was set for both parents.

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