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Mother accused of failing to get medical care for malnourished baby

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Tiffany Acila McBeth Tiffany Acila McBeth
PHOENIX -

It's a heinous case of alleged child abuse: a 5-month-old baby weighing less than 5 pounds. The mother is accused of repeatedly failing to get the baby the medical care it needed.

According to court documents, this isn't the first child she lost custody of due to abuse and neglect.

This past weekend, after extensive searching, police say they found the 21-year-old mother and arrested her.

Tiffany Acila McBeth is facing 6 counts of child abuse.

According to court documents, McBeth's premature baby, born in 2010, was hospitalized at least three times in four months for respiratory distress and failure to thrive.

Doctors called Child Protective Services because they said the woman showed no interest in her baby.

In February, the baby was sent home with a feeding tube.

Staff at Phoenix Children's Hospital stressed the infant needed to be followed up with, but police say McBeth never took her to the doctor afterwards and refused to cooperate with home health appointments.

In March, police say McBeth said her baby turned purple, her eyes started rolling in the back of her head and she eventually stopped breathing.  McBeth allegedly told police she waited 30 minutes to call 911 because the baby would usually come out of it when this has happened before.

Doctors said the baby was extremely malnourished, dehydrated and within hours of death due to medical neglect.

Court documents show McBeth is an alcoholic and addict.   Police say she had two other children, but has lost all custody due to abuse and neglect.

Police say she had two other children, but lost all custody due to abuse and neglect.

After months of searching, police found and arrested McBeth on Saturday.

Police say the father of the baby is in custody in connection with home invasions, kidnapping and aggravated assault.  Charges have been submitted against him as well.

Court documents show the baby, who's now 3-years-old, still suffers from effects of her previous medical neglect, but is doing well now with an adoptive mother.

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