Neighbor says father of dead middle Tennessee child refused help from family

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A neighbor of a man charged in the death of his 17-month-old son after an autopsy showed the baby was starved and suffered from hypothermia says he increasingly shut out family members who tried to help.

Apartment manager Beverly Johnson says 24-year-old Jerald Hicks refused financial help from his family members.

Hicks was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated child neglect in the death of his son, Jerald Hicks Jr.

Police say Hicks brought his children to the hospital Thursday, and his son was pronounced dead on arrival. Officials say his son weighed just 10 pounds and his body temperature was too low to register on a thermometer.

His daughter was treated for severe malnutrition and placed with the Department of Children's Services.

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