Ohio authorities take 200 pound child from mother

A 200 pound third grader was taken from his mother by Child Protective Services. / Joe_13 (Flickr)

An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.

The Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland 8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.

"This child's problem was so severe that we had to take custody," said Mary Louise Madigan, a spokeswoman for the Department of Children and Family Services, to The Plain Dealer.

The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue.

Lawyers for the mother say the county overreached when authorities took the boy last week. They say the medical problems he is at risk for do not yet pose an imminent danger.

"They are trying to make it seem like I am unfit, like I don't love my child." the mother told The Plain Dealer.

Were authorities right to take the child away from his mother? Should the mother's inability to help her child lose weight be classified as medical neglect?

Read more: The Plain Dealer