Gloversville woman accused of starving infant on purpose

December 05, 2017 05:43 PM

GLOVERSVILLE -- Police say a mother intentionally starved her baby boy for months, even though case workers allegedly found unopened cans of baby formula in her Pearl Street apartment.  

Police say Crystyl Mohrlock-Young's 8-month-old boy was between 10 and 13 pounds when a case worker found him on September 22. That's half the weight an infant that age should be.  

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He was so malnourished and dehydrated that when a case worker saw him, he immediately took the boy to Nathan Littauer Hospital and called police.  

Police say Mohrlock-Young will not tell them why she allegedly was not feeding her baby boy.

"You have what you need there to take care of your children and you choose not to, for whatever the reason was, it's inexcusable," said Captian Michael Scott, Gloversville Police.

Mohrlock-Young was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. She was in the Fulton County jail.

Captain Scott says a case worker noticed the starving baby at Mohrlock-Young's Pearl Street apartment in September. He was there to investigate an endangering the welfare of a child complaint against another one of her kids.

Police say the woman has three children. In addition to the infant, she has a two-year-old and a three-year-old. It's unclear whether she will retain custody of her children as cases go through family court.

The baby is out of the hospital and in temporary foster care. Police say the other two children are at the homes of relatives.

Mohrlock-Young lives with what police call "adult acquaintances" at the apartment. We talked to a woman walking inside, she told us she didn't know Young.

Police say Mohrlock-Young has a criminal record. Captain Scott could not say if she was selling the formula. We asked why it took them over two months to make the arrest.

"We were just hoping that she would be a little more cooperative. Our investigators had a hard time with her returning phone calls, answering the door when they wanted to talk. To a point where they finally just opted to get an arrest warrant," said Scott.

Police say Mohrlock-Young was receiving WIC in the state of Florida, where the baby was born.  But it's unclear whether she was getting help from the government buying that formula here in New York.

If you have questions or concerns about child care and parenting, you should dial 2-1-1. Operators will connect you with groups that can provide the help you're looking for.



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