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Kenny and Kathleen Sanchez neglect case: Three-year-old weighed just nineteen pounds

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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A shopping trip Kenny and Kathleen Sanchez took with their daughter led to their arrest for child abuse.

No, they didn't strike her in public or anything like that. Rather, it was the girl's appearance that raised concern. The three-year-old weighed just nineteen pounds.

According to Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough, the arrest affidavits for the Sanchezes are sealed, so the information revealed thus far is sparse.

We know that the pair have two other children, a four-year-old and a newborn -- and while neither of them showed obvious signs of maltreatment, social services has placed them in protective care.

In addition, Kimbrough reveals that the person who spurred the bust was an off-duty law-enforcement officer, who caught sight of the girl at a store on February 2.

She reportedly had visible scrapes, cuts and bruises, but it was her emaciation that was most alarming. How much should the girl have weighed? Figures vary depending upon the length of the child, but this chart suggests that if she was of average height (33 inches), she should have tipped the scales at just shy of 31 pounds -- meaning that at nineteen pounds, she was a little over half her expected weight.

Kenny, 26, and Kathleen, 21, have been formally charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, for engaging in a pattern of conduct resulting in malnourishment and mistreatment. They remain in custody at Denver County Jail, with a $50,000 bond placed on each of them. They're due in court tomorrow to be formally advised of the charges against them.

Here are larger versions of their mug shots.

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Kenny Sanchez.

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Kathleen Sanchez.
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missylynn
missylynn

SHOULD of weighted _____ lbs., according to WHOSE guess.  Some people just look annorexic.  Not all supermodels are heroin addicts, contrary to popular belief.  They had the kid out shopping.  Was it screaming in pain?  Was it screaming of starvation?   If they find out it's a genetic disorder and the kid bruises easily, and this does exist, are they going to plant that story on the front page?  I am not by any means saying abuse is okay in any way.  I would like to know what happened to innocent until proven guilty.  Of course, I'd like to know when the defintion of ILLEGAL was changed to pertain to Americans only.  No one told me when they changed it, but they sure did.  Now illegal doesnt mean a f*((*((((ing thing except we'll support you and send you off to college, when my American born kid cant go because I cant afford it.

Steve
Steve

why is it that the people that starve their kids always seem like they are well fed or over fed looking? She has jowls and he has a gullet chin.  they were probably so used to her looking like crap that its normalized for them. Lucky for the kid someone stepped in.

Dragonet
Dragonet

For those citing height/weight tables, emaciated is the key word.  Kids of any age usually do not look emaciated unless the are ill or not being fed appropriately.  Tall, short, etc.  Sometimes if they are really active, they may be a bit thin, but not emaciated.

Jake_V
Jake_V

I pointed at douche bag here and said piece of shit, then I scrolled down a little and looked at his joke of a girl friend and yet again pointed and said piece of shit.

All the while wondering how someone could do this.  I have a daughter.  They didn't even try.  They clearly don't want there kids.  I guess thats OK now too, everyone expects the government to take care of everything anyways.... 

adarc
adarc

I don't know - my son was only 22 pounds at 3 years old. He was allergic to dairy as baby, and couldn't eat any dairy until he was 5. As soon as he could, he packed on the weight and caught right up to his peers.

Miss Penelope
Miss Penelope

neither one of these idiots looks like they forgot to feed themselves.  also she's 21 and already has a 5 year old? another teenage idiot mother.

Ty
Ty

There was a baby found in Erie, Pa in a duffle bag, she was starved to death. Her mother threw her out with the trash- but the bag got swept down the street and a fire fighter responding to a different house noticed it. I am so happy this little girl got a second chance, not all are so lucky!

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Wow I hope all the kids are removed from this home. They are unfit to have kids. If they remain in this household the kids are doomed .

Pawnmasta
Pawnmasta

Disgusting. But the charts CAN be wrong.My daughter is 4 weighs 70lbs and is taller by at least 6" than her classmates in pre-k, She is not fat at all she is a big girl a future B-Ball player for Uconn! (My little tank)She has ALWAYS been in the 99th percentile for weight and height since birth.The chart goes the other way too...and I have seen some very waifish 3 year olds..but 19lbs is quite a bit underfed I guess.

Cuts and scrapes...well if you're doing your job as a parent that stuff happens if you don't want to raise a wallflower.

kimbev69
kimbev69

Bet this one wasnt his bio kid and thats why she was targeted, i am so glad they were stupid enough to take her out with them and someone called it in

EChangApe
EChangApe

They don't look even one bit remorseful. Poor baby! The off duty cop saved that girl's life. And probably went on to save the other 2 kids also. Abusive parents have a tendency to turn their kids against each other, so it saved their futures.

ya
ya

Looks like that fat bitch ate all the food

bigriggs
bigriggs

Not sure if any abuse has happened, I doubt it but that is one tiny little kid. My son weighed 19 pounds at his first birthday, my daughter probably at 1 1/2 years old.

Raven
Raven

I agree.  My kids are fairly thin.  My daughter is off the charts tiny, both height and weight but none of them look emaciated.  They have chubby cheeks and their bones don't stand out.  If he noticed at the store, it must have been bad.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Same here for our 2 kids. They have always been off the charts (our 8 year old boy is just over  5'1" and weighs 89 pounds and our 5 year old girl is 4'2 and weighs 58 pounds). Our neighbors daughter (who is also 8) is shorter than our 5 year old and weighs I'm guessing less than 40 pounds and is healthy as they come with a huge appetite. The charts can be wrong.

I don't think that this has anything to do with these so called "parents" but it's nice to read about other families with kids like ours.

Jake_V
Jake_V

they are shitting mouth breathing dirty ass house wanna get high all the time lazy fucks.

kimbev69
kimbev69

Bruises scrapes and cuts tell me yes, the child at 19 lbs prob didnt have the strength to play to get these injuries

Mommyx4
Mommyx4

Trust me she abused her there is so much more that happened to this baby that they're not allowed to say right more

bigriggs
bigriggs

Yeah, I'm thinking that now too.

Jake_V
Jake_V

...thats for damn sure, why else is the affidavit sealed?  To protected the children's identities?  Maybe partially.

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