Police say a 2-year-old girl who was starved by her parents was “skin and bones” when she died. And the mother is pregnant again.

Florida police said the parents of a 2-year-old starved her to death even though there was plenty of food in the home, and the mother is pregnant again.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd passed it on frightening details about the incident told reporters in a media briefing.

Police were called to a home in Davenport after the child stopped breathing. They said they found her unresponsive in a playpen made out of an inflatable pool.

They interviewed Arhonda Tillman, 35, and Regis Johnson, 37, the child’s parents.

“Regis Johnson told us the baby ate a sandwich and some chicken nuggets yesterday,” Judd said, but that information was contradicted by the coroner, who said no food was found in the baby’s stomach.

Investigators said the parents were well fed and there was plenty of food in the home.

“If you can imagine seeing such a heartbreaking sight. Basically, it was just bones and skin. There are no adequate words to express our frustration and sadness,” Judd told reporters. “We probably have the same questions as you. Has no one else seen this child in this condition? This kid didn’t just get sick and die.”

Judd said the baby was born healthy in 2019, weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces.

Almost three years later, the baby had gained just three pounds for a total of nine pounds.

“The baby should have been talking, making sentences, asking questions, running, jumping and playing,” Judd explained. “When this baby died on May 10, she couldn’t stand, she couldn’t speak, she couldn’t walk.”

Police arrested Tillman and Johnson on negligent child molestation charges, but Judd said other charges were possible. Johnson’s brother, 64-year-old Frank Robinson, was also arrested after investigators concluded he was aware of the neglect and had done nothing to alleviate it for months.

A judge set the couple’s bail at $500,000 each.

Judd said her goal was to make sure Tillman didn’t have a chance to starve her second baby.

“It’s incredible what we’ve seen,” said Judd.

Here’s a local news report on the harrowing incident:


Parents arrested after Florida girl found starving in makeshift playpen

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https://www.theblaze.com/news/florida-child-starved-death-parents Police say a 2-year-old girl who was starved by her parents was “skin and bones” when she died. And the mother is pregnant again.

Laura Coffey

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