16-year-old boy found weighing 26 pounds, Pennsylvania mom arrested

(Chambersburg Police Department)
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A Pennsylvania woman is facing child endangerment charges after her 16-year old son was found weighing just 26 pounds.

Elizabet Estrada is now behind bars in Chambersburg, also facing an assault charge.

Officials say she recently brought her son to a doctor for the first time since he was three.

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The boy gained only three pounds in the past 13 years of his life. As a result of his malnutrition, he is only 3 ½ feet tall.

An average 16-year-old boy should weigh over 130 pounds.

Police say he's also developmentally delayed and has limited verbal skills.

Court documents show the teen is so weak that he cannot even hold down food.

He was diagnosed with psycho-social dwarfism, a disorder caused by extreme deprivation or stress.

Estrada told police she home-schools her four children and they don't have much contact with the outside world.

Police say her other kids are healthy and two of them are of adult age.

The 16-year-old and one of his siblings are now in foster care.