The Controversial Child Abuse Epidemic Tearing Families Apart


Jessica Holt* was only a few months old when her mother, Sally*, noticed that something was wrong. Jessica didn’t feed well and, rather than gaining weight like most infants, she soon began to fall off the growth charts. As a result of her poor growth, Jessica was quickly given the “failure to thrive” label by her pediatrician.

After beginning feeding therapy and receiving nutrition consultations, Jessica’s health problems only intensified. By age four, she had developed severe food allergies and asthma, and she stopped growing entirely….

Sally didn’t know it then, but only six years later, her continued attempts to treat Jessica’s worsening condition could not only threaten the custody of her daughter, but result in criminal charges.

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