Middle Tennessee Father charged after baby died of starvation, hypothermia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Nashville man has been charged in the death of his 17-month-old son after an autopsy showed the baby was starved and suffered from hypothermia.

Police have charged 24-year-old Jerald Hicks with criminal homicide and aggravated child neglect in the death of his son, Jerald Hicks Jr.

Police say Hicks did not have electricity or heat at his apartment.

Hicks brought his children to the emergency room at Centennial Hospital on Thursday night, where his son was pronounced dead on arrival. Officials say the baby's body temperature was so low it couldn't be registered and weighed 10 pounds.

His daughter was diagnosed with severe malnutrition and is in custody of the Department of Children's Services. Hicks is being held without bond pending a hearing.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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