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Opening arguments begin in starving infant case

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A Hood County couple is on trial this week in what's been called the worst case of child abuse law enforcement there has ever seen.

Riley Alston's emaciated body was found last December at his parents' home lying on a sheet covered in feces. Two teenagers who had come to the house for a party discovered the infant.

The 15-year old boy called his father for help because he's a paramedic. Paul Fuller persuaded the Riley's parents to let him take the baby to the hospital.

The 8-month-old, who according to his age should have weighed at least 18 pounds, weighed only 9 pounds when he arrived at the hospital. Fuller said Riley looked like he was 100 years old.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds likened the baby's appearance to a Holocaust survivor. Riley's parents, Justin and Brittany Alston were both 21 years old when they were arrested.

They are charged with charges of injury to a child and abandoning or endangering a child.
Both sides completed opening arguments in the 255th District Court this morning.

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