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Records: Indiana woman removed feeding tube before son died

April 17, 2018 GMT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman who’s being held in her infant son’s death allegedly removed his feeding tube days before he died from severe dehydration.

Court documents allege doctors told 38-year-old Tabetha Smith on March 7 to replace her son’s feeding tube, and said she shouldn’t have removed it.

An autopsy found the child died March 12 from severe dehydration.

Smith remains jailed on a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. The Terre Haute woman is expected to be formally charged Thursday and it’s unclear if she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

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The Tribune-Star reports Smith’s son was born with Down syndrome and various health issues. He was released from an Indianapolis children’s hospital with a feeding tube that Smith allegedly later removed.

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Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com