Medical staff told the Sheriff's Office that the child appeared "gravely ill due to life-threatening starvation which resulted in the 8-month-old infant weighing the average weight of a 2-month-old."
According to the Sheriff's Office, the child also appeared to have suffered a skull fracture prior to being admitted.
The child's mother, Haylee Kent, reportedly did not visit the hospital and failed to cooperate with the Department of Children & Families throughout the investigation.
Several days after the incident was reported, the Sheriff's Office says deputies were able to secure an interview with Kent. On April 19, she reportedly met with detectives for a follow-up. Afterward, Kent was arrested and charged with child neglect with and without great bodily harm, the Sheriff's Office says.
Authorities learned the child endured neglect since the day of his birth, including a consistent lack of "necessary medical attention, malnourishment, and failure to provide a safe home environment," the Sheriff's Office says. Kent reportedly told authorities that feeding her child "was sometimes annoying," so at times, she would choose not to.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the child has been placed in foster care and is recovering and gaining weight.