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Is child obesity child abuse?
Posted: 04:26 PM ET
Campbell Brown Blog – Staff
Filed under: The Big Question

At our morning meeting, a story that is attracting national attention also sparked a lively discussion in the newsroom when someone asked the question: Should the parents of children who are dangerously overweight face criminal action?

Back in June, authorities in South Carolina arrested Alexander Draper’s mother, charged her with criminal neglect of a child and custodial interference and put Alexander in foster care. He was 14 years old and 555 pounds.

Lawyers we spoke to representing Jerri Gray, Alexander’s mother and a certified nursing assistant, said she sat in a jail for weeks.

We’ll be speaking with both of her lawyers on tonight’s program.

As the case against her moves forward, we want to know your thoughts.

John Roberts’ interview with the lawyers