Twin Falls Man Arraigned For Abuse, Malnutrition Of Infant Son


By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A Twin Falls man was arraigned this week for allegedly abusing and starving his infant son.

Robert Wayne Welch, 25, faces two counts of felony injury to child charges.

Court records show on April 2nd, the 4-month old baby was taken to a Boise hospital after sustaining a skull fracture and suffering from malnutrition. Welch's girlfriend says the baby had been vomiting for days.

When weighed at the hospital the baby's weight was 8 pounds. Doctors say he should have weighed between 12 and 14 pounds and the baby was "not being provided with enough calories."

Doctors also tell investigators that the baby is a victim of "severe physical abuse".

Welch has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 25th at 8:15 a.m. His bail is set at $100,000.

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