KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The father of a 2 year-old toddler who died weighing only 12 pounds told police he came home very late and hadn't seen his kids awake in many days before discovering his son Clifford had died, according to a report released by the Roane Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Matthew Dotson said the night Clifford died he came home around 1 a.m. on May 3rd and started playing video games. After a little while he noticed no sounds were coming from Clifford's room and went to check on him. Dotson said he found Clifford dead and "look(ing) as though he had been starved."
An autopsy would later show baby Clifford didn't get enough food or water, he died from severe malnutrition.
After finding his child's body, Dotson said he woke his wife, Amanda, accusing her of starving the child to death. Amanda took the child to Fort Loudon Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Dotson said his wife told him the child was losing weight, but he claims he had "no idea how bad it was."
Clifford's older brother, Luke, lived in the home on Lerchen Rd. in Kingston as well. Authorities said when they found him he was very dirty and "unusually thin." Luke has been removed from their home.
Dotson told police he had been out of work for a while and was working for his parents to make money. He said their water had been out for months and had only been turned back on in the few days leading up to Clifford's death.
Officers said when they arrived they found the toilet was blocked and full of waste and the closet had a waist high pile of dirty clothes in it.
Dotson also told police his wife had lupus and takes pain pills.
Neither Matthew nor Amanda Dotson have been charged anyone yet in his death but that could happen as early as next month when the Roane County Grand Jury reviews the case.
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