A north Mankato couple is facing criminal charges after they were accused of starving their 8-year-old adopted son, the Associated Press says.
According to a criminal complaint, Mona and Russell Hauer refused to feed the boy and he weighed just 34.8 pounds, about the weight of an average 4-year-old, when he was taken to the hospital after vomiting blood.
Doctors say malnutrition caused delayed bone growth, a slow heartbeat, anemia and brain atrophy.
The boy told officials the couple made him sit at the table and drink liquids while the rest of the family ate food.
KARE 11 reports the boy hadn't eaten solid food for two months and sometimes snuck out and ate rotted food from the family's compost pile.
The boy remains hospitalized and is being treated for severe malnutrition.
The parents have not been arrested, according to the Mankato Free Press.