SHARPSVILLE – A Sharpsville woman was charged with a felony after being accused of failing to feed her infant, police said.

Leanna Saul, 37, of 305 W. Main St., was charged with endangering the welfare of children after a Children and Youth Services referral on Feb. 1, police said.

CYS reported that Saul’s infant son was hospitalized at the end of November for failure-to-thrive and released at the end of December after showing progress, police said. He was hospitalized again Jan. 24 for failure-to thrive, police said.

The physician at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh said that due to the lack of weight gain and also that the child had a healing fractured rib in a certain stage of healing, that this happened within the last two to four weeks, police said.

The doctor said that with the significant weight gain the child made during his hospital stays, the only explanation for his failure-to-thrive was due to not being fed.

The doctor said it was in her professional opinion that the child was “a near-fatality and was in imminent danger of serious bodily injury if returned home,” police stated in an affidavit of probable cause.

While in Saul’s care, from birth to Jan. 24, the child only gained 6.3 grams of weight gain a day compared to the average child’s gain of 20 to 30 grams per day, the doctor told police.

The duty of care happened over a 4-week span and a 5-week span and this shows a course of conduct, police said.

Saul was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Dennis M. Songer and released on unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in front of Judge Songer.

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