Malnourished boy dies at home near Vermilion; other children removed

VERMILION, Ohio - A mother's call to 911 about her 18-month-old disabled son sent an ambulance crew to a Vermilion home where they found the undersized baby dead and six other children, most malnourished.

Authorities released the call on Monday.

No charges were immediately filed in the case. The six children, most physically or mentally disabled, were removed from the home. Four were sent to Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and remain hospitalized.

The mother told 911 that the infant was "stiff as a board" when she and her husband woke up last Tuesday.

While on the 911 call, the mother asked family members, "When's the last time somebody went in there to check?"

An autopsy blamed the boy's death on malnourishment and dehydration.

Neighbors said they have seen little of the family.

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