Mother charged in death of daughter, 22, with cerebral palsy who weighed just 40lbs

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  • Charged: Jennifer Cotten, 40, now faces aggravated assault, abuse and neglect, and bail violation charges in connection with Rebecca's death last Thursday
  • Rebecca Cotten, 22, was severely malnourished and unable to communicate because of their disability
  • Originally, police cleared the care of his mother Jennifer, 40, last year after she was found in a hot car while Jennifer was doing drugs
  • Rebecca was sent to live with his uncle, the brother of Jennifer, but he returned to Jennifer because he could not handle the special care ‘
  • at that time, the then 21 years old, weighed 55 lbs
  • now faces Jennifer abuse and aggravated assault charges over the death of his daughter

a disabled malnourished young woman weighed only 40 pounds has died and his mother has been accused of having a role in their condition.

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Rebecca Cotten was 22 years old and had been previously diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

His mother Jennifer Cotten, 40, now faces aggravated assault, abuse and neglect, and bail violation charges in connection with Rebecca’s death last Thursday.

Local station WREG Memphis reported that the authorities had previously been alerted to the mother alleged abuse inflicted on her daughter when Jennifer was ordered to stay away from Rebecca after the girl was found in a hot car.

At the time of the August 2013 incident, Rebecca weighed 55 pounds and was five feet tall and was proven to have traces of methamphetamine in his system.

The police were called to the scene when there were reports that people-including Jennifer were doing drugs in a nearby house. When police arrived, they found Rebecca in the car with the engine off and the windows closed all the way.

brother of Jennifer Rebecca then took her home after the incident and told the station that his mother, Rebecca’s grandmother, took charge of the girl before her death.

Malnourished: Rebecca Cotten, pictured, was severely neglected but her mother's live-in boyfriend claims that she did her best for the girl, even though she is now facing multiple abuse charges

Malnourished: Rebecca Cotten, pictured, was severely neglected, but to live in her mother’s boyfriend says she did her best for the child, although it now faces multiple charges of abuse

Questions: Relatives do not know how the young woman's condition got so drastic, and she was unable to communicate making the investigation process even more difficult when police got involved last year

Questions: the relatives do not know how the condition of the young woman became so drastic , and she was unable to communicate by making the research process even more difficult when the police got involved last year

condition Rebecca is so drastic that she was completely unable to communicate, so family members and investigators do not know how his health deteriorated so dramatically.

WREG spoke with Jennifer unidentified at the time, after a meeting with the Department of Children brother and mother he would have said he had an explanation but his relatives contradicts his statements .

“She told them she has an eating disorder and when eaten, spits and spits the food back and does not consume, which has not happened since we’ve had it, ‘said Jennifer’s brother station.

At some point, John returned to his mother Rebecca carefully, Jennifer’s boyfriend said it was because he could not handle the demands of an individual with special needs, and the situation did not improve.

Neglect: Rebecca was about 5-feet tall and 22 years old but only weighed what a toddler normally weighs Neglect: Rebecca was about 5-feet tall and 22 years old but only weighed what a toddler normally weighs

negligence: Rebecca was about 5 feet tall and 22 years old, but weighed only what a child weighs normally

it is not clear exactly when the uncle of Rebecca John took her back to her mother, but both Jennifer and Rebecca were injured in a house fire in early May a few weeks before Rebecca was found dead.

Jennifer took Rebecca to a house in the Berclair Memphis neighborhood, where there was no electricity and she left it there for an unstated reason.

Police responded to the scene where there was a fire and both Jennifer and Rebecca were inside.

Both had to be treated for burns sustained in the fire.

Neither Jennifer nor her brother, who only was identified by ABC using his first name, have spoken publicly since the death of Rebecca last week, but the boyfriend lifelong Jennifer said that she was He is doing the best he could and should not be blamed.

‘of the one who cared for the child or done something Jennifer. She is the only one I would, “said William King WREG

Defending his girlfriend: William King said that Jennifer did the best she could and was the only one who cared about Rebecca

Defending his girlfriend. William King said Jennifer did the best he could and was the only one who cared about Rebecca

‘nobody wants to change the diaper of a child of 22 years old. Feed her. nobody wants that!’

he went on to state that, while John took over Rebecca after arrest August did not last long and quickly returned the girl to her mother because she could not handle the constant attention he needed.

“they tried to give the child to everybody – nobody wanted! no one! said Mr. King.

“The police did not even do anything about it. The phrase “Nobody wants it, what can we do?” Now you are going to lock people trying to care for a child.

“Single mother raised three children on her own and worked with children with disabilities throughout their lives why he was on his own? This was a terrible accident waiting to happen.

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