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EXCLUSIVE: Family blames state for not doing more for 47 lb teen

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BATON ROUGE - The aunt and a grandmother blame the state for a child's serious condition of neglect.

Lavear Anderson, 15, was rescued from his mother's care early Wednesday morning. Authorities said he was severely malnourished and covered in cockroaches.  Read the original story HERE.

Etna Mitchell said she knows of three complaints to the Department of Children and Family Services about Anderson's living conditions; she made two of them, she said in an exclusive interview with WBRZ News 2 for the 10:00 news Wednesday. The other complaint came from another family member, Mitchell said.

Mitchell and the child's grandmother, who asked not to be identified, said they are frustrated with the state over what they believe was an uncaring response.

Mitchell said the female DCFS worker did not seem interested in conducting a thorough check.

"She checked the house, she checked in the cabinets to make sure it had food, and she (turned) the water on," Mitchell said about the inspection she said she witnessed.

Anderson was found when police arrested his mother for drugs at their home on N. 46th Street.

Mitchell said her nephew has special needs, and uses a wheelchair.

"The baby needs a chair to push him. He can't even sit up on his own," she said.

Mitchell also believes doctors made a complaint about the situation, too, and is most upset about comments she said DCFS made.

"Next thing out of her mouth, 'well do you want him?' I said, if I could take care of him, I would, but I can barely take care of myself,'" she told WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington.

The state said it could not comment on the situation.
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