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Texas woman arrested after starving disabled daughter to near death

By Mason White 3:41 AM August 14, 2013
Schandrilla Schlesinger 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child related charges after starving her disabled daughter to near death, according to police reports in Texas.

Red Bird Police said that a woman took her disabled daughter off her seizure medication and allowed her to become so thin that she had to be put on life support.

Police said Schandrilla Schlesinger, 37, took her 15-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy and suffers from severe seizures, to the Dallas Children’s Medical Center.

According to an arrest affidavit, the girl weighed only 49 pounds, 31 pounds less than what she weighed in the beginning of the year. The statement said that the girl’s ribs were clearly visible.

Another woman, who is described in the affidavit as a hired helper, told police that Schlesinger only agreed to take her daughter to the hospital after she threatened to call the police. The woman said that Schlesinger instructed her two other children to remain silent in the hospital.

When they arrived at Dallas Children’s Medical Center, Schlesinger told doctors she had put her daughter on a plant-based diet, which she found on the Internet, according to the affidavit. She said she did not notice changes in her daughter’s weight and that the girl’s clothes fit her the same way as they always have.

The mother later told investigators that the girl stopped eating regularly in February or March. When she did eat she had oatmeal or smoothies.

Apart from severe malnutrition, doctors said the girl also suffered a brain injury from her seizure attacks. Schlesinger said she took her daughter off the drugs because she felt that the drugs were not effective.

Police arrested Schlesinger on Saturday. She was charged with injury to a child with disabilities, with the intent to commit serious injury, and is being held in the Dallas County Jail, in lieu of $150,000 bail.