Saado Adam said she did not seek medical attention because the voices she heard told her not to take him to a doctor.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus woman has been charged with child endangerment in connection with the death of her 5-year-old son.

According to Franklin County Municipal Court records, Columbus Police Dept was contacted just before 1pm on Monday after the boy was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The mother, 44-year-old Saado Adam, told detectives during an interview that the child had been sick for several weeks and had not been eating regularly or walking since around November 2022.

Detectives said Adam told them she did not provide medical attention to the child because she heard voices telling her not to take her son to the doctor.

A medical report from the hospital, handed over to police, said the child’s condition could have been caused by prolonged starvation or massive malnutrition. The report notes that any of these situations are life-threatening and require medical attention.

Adam is being held on $25,000 bail. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 19.

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