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Authorities find malnourished girl after online teacher tip

An 11-year-old girl who was severely malnourished and weighing just 47lbs has been rescued by authorities in Ohio after a teacher overheard her saying she was hungry and only allowed to eat a small bowl of rice each day. 

Authorities found the little girl living in filth and say she had been isolated for years after being alerted to her situation when a teacher administering an online test overheard the girl talking about how hungry she was. 

The girl weighed just 47 pounds when she was found in September, which is about 30 pounds under the average weight for a girl her age. 

Investigators said they believe she had been mostly isolated at home and mistreated for at least the past three years.

The 11-year-old girl weighed just 47 pounds when she was rescued by authorities in Ohio in September. She was made to wear a diaper and was only given a small bowl of rice to eat each day

She was, at times, forced to sleep on a urine-stained mattress, made to wear a diaper and stay inside a locked trailer monitored by a security camera.

The girl's legal custodian, 47-year-old Margaret Breeze, of Georgetown, was charged two weeks ago with child endangering, kidnapping and felonious assault

The girl’s legal custodian, 47-year-old Margaret Breeze, of Georgetown, was charged two weeks ago with child endangering, kidnapping and felonious assault

The girl’s legal custodian, 47-year-old Margaret Breeze, of Georgetown, was charged two weeks ago with child endangering, kidnapping and felonious assault. 

She has since pleaded not guilty and remains in the county jail. 

Authorities said the girl, who was homeschooled, was taking the test from home so that she could remain being taught there.

The teacher who alerted investigators noticed the girl was having trouble paying attention and asked her what was wrong.

Officials with the county children services agency found the girl wearing a diaper. 

The family denied abusing the girl and said they kept a camera in her room because she would attempt to get out of house. 

She was, at times, forced to sleep on a urine-stained mattress, made to wear a diaper and stay inside a locked trailer monitored by a security camera

She was, at times, forced to sleep on a urine-stained mattress, made to wear a diaper and stay inside a locked trailer monitored by a security camera

Authorities found the little girl living in filth and say she had been isolated for years

The girl spent two weeks in the hospital after she was rescued and diagnosed with a disorder brought on by severe malnutrition and usually only seen in people from undeveloped areas of the world experiencing famine. 

Authorities said the girl was doing much better and had gained about 15 pounds.  

‘It’s just a wonder she got out of there when she did,’ Brown County Prosecutor Zac Corbin said. 

‘Where she was kept, it was not livable.’  

The girl had been living with Breeze since she was six years old after a court in Kentucky granted her custody. 

It was not immediately clear whether they were related.

Breeze homeschooled the girl and last to took her to a doctor when she was eight, the prosecutor said. 

 The family denied abusing the girl and said they kept a camera in her room because she would attempt to get out of house

Investigators said they believe she had been mostly isolated at home and mistreated for at least the past three years

Investigators said they believe she had been mostly isolated at home and mistreated for at least the past three years

Records from that visit showed she weighed 51 pounds then, meaning she had lost four pounds during the past three years.

Investigators are continuing to look at whether there are other suspects or people who could have helped the girl, Corbin said. 

The Brown County Sheriff´s Office confirmed late Thursday that her husband, Charles Breeze, was taken into custody.  

There were other children living in the house but there were no signs they had been mistreated, officials said. 

Those children also have been removed from the home.

Authorities did recover recordings of the child being yelled at and threatened, but it’s unclear who was yelling, Corbin said.  

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