Brittainy Labberton of Bellevue was only 20 years old when she gave birth to her daughter in August of 2008. Still, no matter how young you are, most parents should know that babies are supposed to be fat and cuddly. Right?
Labberton and her husband Scott stand charged with third-degree criminal mistreatment for allegedly starving their child. And the more info that comes out about the couple, the weirder things get.
The Labbertons first hiccup came two months after their daughter was born when she was hospitalized for failing to gain weight. The couple said that the kid was fussy and threw up her formula. But doctors insisted their daughter was happy.
From that point on the Labbertons' child was in foster care, with her parents only granted supervised visits. During one of those visits in January of last year, the girl's foster parent said she was irritable and had diarrhea. Tests on the bottle indicated the girl had been fed laxatives.
Prosecutors also say Brittany made disturbing comments about her daughter's weight. Saying "Oh my god she's fat" when she weighed 13 pounds at four months old.
Brittany is 5'5'' and weighs only 90 pounds. She's told prosecutors that she went on medication for post-partum depression, but took herself off of it within days because it made her tired.
Police have also removed the Labbertons older daughter from their home. Her new foster parents say that when she got into their custody she ate so fast she choked on her food.
As you can see in the video above, Brittany still maintains she's a good mother. KING 5 says that their interview was cut off, however, when Samuel came outside, bible in hand, and refused comment.
See also Child Left Behind, staff writer Vernal Coleman's cover story on the near-starvation of a Carnation teenager.