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Father pleads guilty in child starvation case in Region 8

Vabian Webb (Source: Stoddard Co. Sheriff's Department) Vabian Webb (Source: Stoddard Co. Sheriff's Department)
Amanda Garrett (Source: Stoddard Co. Sheriff's Department) Amanda Garrett (Source: Stoddard Co. Sheriff's Department)

DEXTER, MO (KAIT & AP) – A southeast Missouri man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to charges for failing to feed his infant daughter.

On Wednesday a Stoddard County Judge sentenced 19-year-old Vabian Webb of Dexter to a 5 year suspended sentence. Webb pleaded guilty in March to endangering the welfare of a child.

Webb and the child's mother, Amanda Knight Garrett, were accused of failing to feed their daughter formula. The girl, who has Down Syndrome, was removed from the family home in June 2010. At the time she was nearly 3 months old and weighed less than 6 pounds.

Garrett was placed on probation in February after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities say the child lives with foster parents and her weight is up to 22 pounds.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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