Agency saw no food issue for troubled Ohio family

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The agency that spent a year overseeing the care of a troubled Ohio family whose youngest son died of malnutrition last week says adequate food wasn't an issue three years ago.

Director Karen Balconi Ghezzi (GEH'-zee) with Erie County Job and Family Services in Sandusky said Wednesday the children were receiving proper care when court oversight ended in 2009. She says adequate food wasn't an issue at that time.

The director says all the children have "extraordinary medical needs." She cited privacy issues and declined to specify the issues or how many children have feeding tubes.

Last week the couple's 18-month-old son died of malnutrition and dehydration. No charges have been filed, but the six other children were removed from the home and four were hospitalized.

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