The parents of a boy who was beaten and starved to death after being placed back into their care have been charged with his murder.
Six-year-old Khalil Wimes died weighing just 28 pounds - the average weight of a two-year-old - and doctors found scars, bruises and cuts all over his frail body.
Khalil’s ‘devastated’ family, who looked after Khalil for three years, are blaming the DHS for releasing the boy back into his parents care despite their history of violence and drug abuse.
The young boy was put back into the care of his parents after his foster mother Alicia Nixon lost a custody battle to adopt him, according to sources.
‘I'm devastated; my whole family is devastated. Anybody who knew us and knew him are devastated,’ Alicia Nixon told Action News.
According to police, Tina and Floyd Wimes drove Khalil to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at 10.45pm Monday but he was pronounced dead at 11.16pm.
His parents claimed that Khalil had fallen out of a tub and had seemed fine but then passed out.
Doctors reported that they found both new and old injuries all over Khalil's body and the cause of his death was determined to be multiple blunt force trauma and malnutrition.
It appeared that the boy had been starved by his parents, he weighed 28 pounds and a boy his age should typically weigh at least double that amount.
'He suffered from malnutrition because nobody's feeding him,' said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. 'I mean like any six-year-old child, you're depending upon your parents to take care of you. Or some other adult.'
Police are now searching the second floor apartment to find a weapon which they suspect Tina and Floyd Wimes beat their son to death with.
Neighbours were shocked to discover that the couple, who both have drug problems, had a son living with them as they never saw the six-year-old.
His parents had a history of violence dating back to before Khalil was born and Khalil was put into the care of his cousin Alicia Nixon.
Six of their eight children had previously been taken away from them and placed in foster care. The couple just had one other child living with them, a three-year-old daughter who is now being looked after by relatives.
Khalil’s former foster mother said that she raised Khalil for three years ‘constantly loving him and making sure he was ok’ and that ‘his parents fought us tooth and nail until they got him back and then they killed him.’
The family argue that they pleaded with the DHS and the court system to protect the young boy and his sister from their parents who, they say, lived in squalor, were heavy drug useers and abused their children.
‘DHS is supposed to protect the children. He was in a very safe home; he was ripped from a safe home and taken back to squalor. I'm very saddened but I'll be honest with you, I'm extremely angry, I'm angry right now,’ uncle Sulaiman Hadi said.
It's unclear why Khalil and his 3-year-old sister were still living at the home and DHS have not made comment on the case. It is believed that the DHS had no open cases on Khalil and his sister.
On Tina Wimes Facebook she lists the births of all her children and beneath a picture taken of Khalil she writes: 'My angel sent on Valentine's Day' - referencing his February 14 birthday.