Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mom Arrested after Infants Found to Be 'Skin and Bones'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mom Arrested after Infants Found to Be 'Skin and Bones'

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A Georgia mother was charged Tuesday with child neglect in Baker County after authorities said she failed to feed her badly malnourished 6-month-old twins.

Baker County Sheriff Joey Dobson said the mother, 22-year-old Tonya Mixon, had come to Florida in February to flee an ongoing domestic dispute with her husband. She brought the twins, who were born premature and required feeding tubes, and her two other children with her and settled in with family in Glen St. Mary.

But more problems arose when the Florida Department of Children and Families started receiving complaints that the children were being neglected, according to a Baker County arrest report. Investigators checked in with Mixon multiple times, and everything seemed fine until a visit March 16.

The twins "looked like skin and bones," and their feeding tubes were dirty and inserted improperly, according to the report. Child welfare investigators removed the children from the home three days later.

The twins, who were severely dehydrated and malnourished, were taken to Wolfson Children's Hospital in life-threatening condition. They're doing much better after treatment, the report said.

Dobson said Mixon was charged with child neglect, a second-degree felony, and is being held at the Baker County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Her other children weren't harmed.

Matt Coleman

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