Woman Convicted Of Starving Baby To Death
Oct. 01, 1988
MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) _ A woman whose 8-week-old son died of starvation was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
A Manistee County Circuit jury found Mildred Giddings guilty Friday of starving her son, Raymond, in December 1986. Her husband, Edward Giddings, will be tried on the same charges Oct. 25.
Mrs. Giddings could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. No sentencing date was set.
Several physicians testified the child was born healthy, but that he weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces - 8 ounces below his birth weight - when he was brought to West Shore Hospital in Manistee by his parents on Dec. 12, 1986. He died later that day.
Dr. Clyce Owings, a pediatrics specialist at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, testified it would take about a week of complete deprivation to produce Raymond's state of emaciation at death.
The Giddings, who were living in a mobile home in nearby Wellston, moved to Grand Rapids after their son's death, and were arrested after a six-month investigation by state police.
Sgt. Greg Summers testified that Mrs. Giddings told police she was diluting the child's formula with water because she couldn't afford to feed it to him at full strength.
However, a couple who own a market where the Giddings shopped testified Giddings told his wife to put baby food back on the shelf, while buying meat, potato chips, soft drinks and other items with food stamps.
The couple have a 4-year-old son who reportedly is living with his grandparents out of state.