Sumter, SC–Children should never be made to go hungry…ever. Hunger hurts and death by starvation is a long, slow, painful process. A set of 18-month-old twins in the Isaac/McCray home know all about hunger. One of those twins died from starvation on Monday…he weighed in at a whoppin’ 4 pounds.
On Monday, police were called to the home of Marketta McCray, 23, and Kevin Isaac, 25, on a report of an unresponsive child. The home was filthy and had a foul odor throughout. There was dirty laundry and garbage everywhere. A dog was locked in a room covered in feces…there were roaches and rats, alive and dead. The responding officer observed a ‘pale, small frame infant, lying in a chair near the front door.’ EMT’s arrived and transported the child to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. That child’s twin, a girl, and three other children were removed from the home.
An autopsy revealed the child died from starvation. A police report listed the toddler’s weight at 4 pounds. His death is probably what saved his sister’s life. The surviving twin was hospitalized for malnutrition…she’s in critical condition at a whoppin’ 9 pounds. WTF? The weight of these two children combined don’t even add up to what a normal 1-year-old should weigh. Police say they don’t know the last time the toddler’s were fed.
The three other children removed from the home seemed healthy; a 4-year-old male at 40 lbs., a 6-year-old female at 35 lbs., and a 9-year-old male at 60 lbs. They are now in the custody of DSS.
Neighbors say the three older children look like they never missed a meal. Why were the younger two forgotten? There were three adults in that home…McCray, Isaac, and an unnamed adult. McCray was a stay at home mom! None of them cared enough to feed those babies? Fuck you people.
Marketta McCray and Kevin Issac were both arrested and charged with homicide by child abuse or neglect and unlawful conduct. They are being held in Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. Bail has not yet been set, but Police Chief Patty Patterson said police would request that bail be denied when the hearing is held.
Edit: While the police report indicates that the child weighed 4 lbs., other sources put him at slightly under 9 lbs. Not that it makes much difference, the child still starved to death, but I just wanted to have the facts in the story.