Parents in child starvation case now in custody

By: Lorena Estrada Email
By: Lorena Estrada Email

Kingston, TENN. (WVLT)-- Amanda and Matthew Dotson, the parents of the 2-year-old who was reportedly starved to death, were arrested Tuesday afternoon.

According to Sheriff Jack Stockton, the couple was indicted by a Roane County grand jury on first-degree murder charges in the death of their son Clifford.

Investigators said they starved young Clifford Dotson to death in early May. He was just 12 pounds when he died. Doctors say that is one-third his weight for his age.

Authorities said the couple left Roane County after their son's death.

Matthew Dotson was arrested in Jefferson City after he called local police to turn himself in. His wife, Amanda, was arrested at her aunt's house in Cocke County.

Sheriff Stockton described Matthew as having "no remorse whatsoever. No comment. No shame."

As for Amanda, he said "she knew it was coming. She just didn't know what day."

The couple's neighbor Lindsay Key said she's glad justice has been made.

"I'm glad they were charged and weren't let off," she said. " I just hate it for the big brother. First he lost his baby brother and now hes left with no parents."

In a police report, Matthew Dotson said he was playing video games the night Clifford died. He noticed there weren't any sounds coming from Clifford's room, went to check, and found the boy dead.

Dotson said his wife Amanda told him the toddler was losing weight, but he had no idea how bad it really was.

Matthew also told police his wife was taking pain pills for Lupus.

Arraignment is set for Monday.

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