BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky couple has been charged after authorities say social workers found out that their 5-month-old baby weighed only 7 pounds.

The Lexington-Herald Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1GM4935) that police investigated after social workers called them about the baby on Tuesday. The parents, of Knox County, are charged with first-degree criminal abuse.

In a statement, state police say the mother had taken the infant to the hospital in Corbin. Police say the infant was transferred to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment of malnourishment and several rashes.

According to police, workers at the county's health department told the mother to take the baby to the hospital to receive benefits under a nutrition program.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com