An obese Spartanburg woman faces child neglect charges and has lost custody of her children after police say they saw her sitting on her 9-year old son. But the mother says there is more to the story.
23-year old Donyell Moore was arrested Tuesday night following a month-long investigation by Spartanburg Public Safety. The incident occurred on June 11th. Officers responded to a call from Moore’s home at 345 Bethlehem Drive. They saw her 9-year old son outside the apartment. The boy told officers his mother “said she wasn’t going to feed him” and he had not eaten since the previous night. Police say Moore came out of the apartment in a rage, yelling at the boy. Police say when the boy sat on the ground and started crying, Moore twisted his arm trying to pull him up, and then sat on him with “all of her body weight on his chest”. They say the boy was screaming and crying for her to get off of him. Officers pulled Moore off of her son.
Moore told police she weighs 390 pounds.
Police say the boy’s 5-year old brother told officers all he had to eat that day was a banana. Officers went into the apartment and say they found very little food in the cabinets and refrigerator. Police called Department of Social Services and placed the boys in emergency protective custody. Moore was arrested Tuesday night and charged with child neglect. She was released from jail Thursday morning on $2,000 bond.