BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A 6-year-old girl who weighed less than 20 pounds when she was brought to a hospital earlier this year is gaining weight, police said.
The girl has gained at least 13 pounds since entering a foster home, Detective Jeff Shumate said.
The girl's "progress is just tremendous,'' Shumate told The Charleston Gazette. "Some of the effects (of her situation) might not be known for some time. But right now, everything is very positive.''
The girl was unresponsive when her mother brought her to Raleigh General Hospital in early September. The newspaper said the girl's core temperature had dropped to 80 degrees and she had an extremely low blood-sugar level.
Food was regularly restricted from the girl and she was held at times in a child-safety seat, Shumate said. The seat's padding had been removed and a pressure sore developed on the girl's lower back and upper buttocks.
The girl also allegedly was forced to sleep sitting up in the seat for nine to 10 hours at a time, Shumate said.
The girl's condition affected her ability to walk. Shumate said the girl's foster parents reported she now is able to walk some on her own or with the assistance of a walker.
Five other children who lived with their mother also have been placed in foster care, Shumate said.