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Fla. Couple Accused of Starving Girl

September 22, 2002

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A mother and her boyfriend were arrested for allegedly locking the woman’s 7-year-old daughter in a room for four months and giving her so little food she looked like ``a walking skeleton.″

The girl weighed just 25 pounds, less than half the normal weight for a child her age, when police found her this month, according to a police report.

Connie Warrington, 23, and David LaPointe, 36, were arrested Friday on multiple counts of abuse, including caging, food deprivation and medical neglect, police said.

``She looked like a walking skeleton,″ police spokesman Joe Durkin said.

The girl told police that LaPointe hated her and deprived her of food because she ``was bad.″ He punished her by biting her in the back, the police report said.

LaPointe and Warrington have two children of their own, a 1-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, who are healthy and in state custody.

The couple, originally from Glens Falls, N.Y., were being held without bail. Police did not know if they had attorneys.

The girl is now in the custody of her father, Daniel Sims, who alerted police to her condition after he went to Warrington’s home this month with a court order to pick up the child.

In May, Warrington unlawfully took the girl from a New York hospital, where she was being treated for the effects of abuse, and moved to Tampa, Durkin said. Tampa police didn’t have details of the alleged abuse.

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