I crawled out of bed this morning and sat down in front of my computer to check my emails like I do every morning. It was gloomy looking outside and something told me before I opened the first one that today was not going to be a good day. And once I looked over my emails it only confirmed my thoughts.

I had an email from one of our concerned readers pointing out to me a link of a case in Texas that she thought I would like to hear about, and she was right. I stand corrected, I didn’t want to hear about it but I needed to know about it even though it made me sick on my stomach when I read it.

It was an article from The Houston Chronicle about a little 3 year old child that only weighs 17 pounds. This sweet innocent child is literally fighting for his life right now. In the introduction to the article it states:

Now doctors are introducing him to what’s been missing most in his short life: food.

I cried then and I have to admit I am crying now. I can’t imagine this poor little boy and the pure hell this child has been going through and yet he continues to fight to live.

Three year old Kayvon Lewis was admitted into the hospital last month where doctors say he was extremely malnourished, dehydrated and at risk for heart failure and liver damage. This little boy can’t walk and he can’t even talk. He is blind and suffers from seizures at times as much as five times a day.

Kayvon mother, 30 year old Marcia Holliday is now in jail and she has been charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission which is a first degree felony. Authorities say the mother was literally starving the boy to death which is a form of abuse that doctors don’t see very often.

It is reported that the mother brought Kayvon to the Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital on October 15th. She told the doctors there that her son was not eating or drinking and he had not wet his diaper all day. She mentioned nothing about the child being so underweight or that he wasn’t able to do any of the things a normal child his age normally can do, like walk or talk.

A medical examiner that checked the child out said Kayvon couldn’t walk, crawl, sit up without support, pass objects between hands, say mama or dada, wave bye bye and he doesn’t orient to voice. A CPS caseworker said, “Kayvon T. Lewis’s nutritional level was 9.2 when a normal level is 45 and a low level is 18.”

Doctors claim that even though they found that Kayvon had seizures, scoliosis, and asthma underlying health problems, none of the conditions could be responsible for his starved state. The report says that the only reasonable explanation for his starvation is physical neglect.

OK so the mother can be blamed for this clearly as she was the responsible one for her son. But as I read more on the report I got really upset. The CPS had received a complaint which they investigated first in January 2008. They did find Kayvon’s mother intoxicated on drugs and the child appeared to be a failure to thrive child. They ordered sessions with a state dietitian and physical therapy for him. No one noticed anything about the abnormal size he was for his age. They didn’t find anything to say he was in enough danger that he should be taken from his home according to the court documents.

The case remained open though and on March 27, 2008 they found after taking a drug test that the mother tested positive for marijuana yet she promised to enroll in a series of early childhood intervention classes so they left the boy in her custody and on April 1, 2008 they closed the case.

The next month Kayvon was taken to Dr. Niala Siddiqi just before he turned 2 years old and he weighed 18 pounds and 6 ounces. By August 28, 2009 instead of gaining weight the poor boy had lost more than a pound. According to one of the doctors that examined Kayvon, any child who maintained such a low weight for more than half of his life should have been a red flag alert that he was suffering from starvation.

Holliday of course denies starving her son. “Everything they say (CPS) is a lie. He wasn’t eating or drinking,” she said. “He has a lot of problems going on.

Since he has been in the hospital his liquid intake is monitored closely. They say at this point too much food can overwhelm the underdeveloped organs in his little body. Dr. Rebecca Giradet, an associate professor at the medical school and staff physician at Memorial Hermann, said, “Since their bodies have not been seeing normal quantities of fats and carbohydrates, their bodily functions kind of shut down. It’s very dangerous to suddenly feed a starved child normal food. They can go into liver failure, heart arrhythmia. The pancreas does not make insulin anymore. All those functions are not working.”

They had to place a white mesh glove on his left hand because he has starved for so long that he had started sucking his thumb and he did it so much that he had it raw and a sore had formed on it.

Amazingly Kayvon wasn’t the only child at home. He also had a 5 year old sister and a 6 year old brother and neither of them showed any signs of starvation or of abuse, thankfully. They are both are in foster care right now.

A doctor said that Kayvon is now out of intensive care but he still hasn’t been given solid food, not even Crackers or Cheerios. My kids were eating vanilla wafer cookies before they were even a year old. I feel so sorry for this little boy.

Please remember little Kayvon Lewis in your prayers. Somehow this child has got a will to survive. If not he would have passed away a long time ago. Maybe our prayers can give him the strength he actually needs to continue fighting and he will eventually be able to go on living and perhaps look back at what has happened to him and say he knew he could beat this. My prayers are with him.

I know this is a different kind of abuse we here at BNN have been writing about but nevertheless this is still a child in need. A poor helpless child that somehow by the Grace of God is still hanging on to live. So I think it is proper to add his name to my list of children to pray for. Would you please join me? Here is my list: Caylee Anthony (found dead), Adji Desir (remains missing), Haleigh Cummings (remains missing), Somer Thompson (found dead), Elizabeth Olten (found dead) , Masaraha Ross (remains missing), Alex Mercado (drowned) Rebecca Marie Allen (found alive), Sandra Cantu (found dead), Anthony Holland (found alive), Shaniya Davis (found dead), Hassani Campbell (remains missing), Giovanni Gonzalez (reported dead), Neveah Buchanen ( found dead) and Shannon Dedrick (found alive), Angel Miguel Perez (found safe) Luis Martinez (found dead) Luke Finch (still missing) and Kayvon Lewis (fighting for his life).

Jan Barrett

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