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This makes me so angry

GREENSBURG, Ind. — A southeastern Indiana woman faces child neglect and reckless homicide charges alleging she starved to death her 4-year-old son, who weighed 12 pounds when police found his emaciated body in a crib.Courtney G. Tressler, 25, of Greensburg was arrested Wednesday, more than three months after her severely disabled son died from malnutrition and dehydration. She was released from jail in the city about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis after posting $15,000 bond.Tressler called police May 17 to say she had found her son, Payton Wesley Ettinger, dead four hours after feeding him and putting him in his crib for a nap, authorities said. A pathologist's report found the boy had virtually no food in his stomach or intestines when he died.The pathologist found that the boy suffered from "profound malnutrition," had no body fat and that the "skin on his face was drawn tightly against his skull and face bones


Asked by sherryb1273 at 1:58 PM on Aug. 25, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • This story just made me cry. That is not a woman it is a monster. The death penalty would be too good for her. They should let someone beat her until she could not do anything for herself. Get her well, and then lock her in a cage the size of the crib she had that baby in and give her one teaspoon each of food and water until she died.

    Answer by mommy11260 at 2:07 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • OH MY GOD... i literately almost threw up reading that. some people are so sick, how could ANYONE do that to their own kid? That woman does NOT deserve to be let out of jail on bond and i would give her the death penalty personally, i'm not a big advocate of the death penalty but for this...

    Answer by DreainCO at 2:02 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • Where was his family? Neighbors?

    This is why it takes a village.


    Answer by UpSheRises at 2:06 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • with obvious emaciation," according to a probable charge affidavit against Tressler.

    Investigators said the boy had not seen a doctor since Nov. 3, 2006, when he weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces as a 1-year-old, according to the affidavit.

    Tressler told officers she had intended to take her son to a doctor May 15 after noticing he had lost weight but had delayed the trip for financial reasons. But investigators said in the affidavit that she visited a doctor twice on May 19 for her own medical reasons.

    Police said Tressler also claimed she had twice applied for Medicaid assistance for her son, but investigators found that was not the case, according to the document.

    Payton Ettinger was unable to speak, walk or control most of his physical movements due to brain damage suffered during abuse by his father, police said. The boy's father, Martin Ettinger, is serving a 5-year prison sentence in Michigan after pleading guilty to bat

    Comment by sherryb1273 (original poster) at 2:00 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • thats pure evil, to sit and watch your child starve to death, pure evil.

    Answer by -LovingMamma- at 2:05 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • I meant one teaspoon of each, every day. And that is all one teaspoon of each per day.

    Answer by mommy11260 at 2:08 PM on Aug. 25, 2010