A young mother from Surrey who is accused of starving her 27-month-old son has been released on bail.
The 23-year-old is charged with criminal negligence and failing to provide the necessities of life for her child, who was seized from her and is now in government care in hospital.
The baby was found with a body mass of a seven-month-old. Police say he is improving.
RCMP say they received a complaint on June 16 of a “neglected” two-year-old boy who’d been brought in to a hospital. The special victims’ unit got involved and an arrest was made Aug. 29.
Neighbours of a restaurant in Port Coquitlam where the mother works say police visited there several weeks ago, but they were initially told there may have been a break-in, and only later learned about the allegations of child abuse.
They say another waitress who may be related to the mother would only confirm there had been a ‘family incident.’
The woman cannot be named because of a publication ban.
She’s expected to make her next court appearance in Surrey next week.