2 Joplin women charged with starving girl

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 8:45 a.m. CDT; updated 5:26 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 25, 2012

JOPLIN — Two Joplin women are charged with child endangerment after one of the women's 3-year-old daughter was hospitalized weighing only 12 pounds.

Jasper County authorities charged 26-year-old Beth A. Williams and her roommate, 27-year-old Christina M. Haidle, with first-degree child endangerment.

Williams took her daughter to the hospital on July 1.

The Joplin Globe reported that a probable cause statement says the girl had a body temperature too low to register and a pulse so faint that CPR was performed at the hospital.

Doctors at a Springfield hospital said the girl was suffering from chronic malnutrition. She is currently with a foster family.

The two women are each being held on $500,000 bond.

Court records do not indicate that the women have attorneys.

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