Twenty-five pound child hospitalized, parents arrested

Champagne Gillis and Thomas Phillips; Photo Courtesy PBSO
Champagne Gillis and Thomas Phillips; Photo Courtesy PBSO

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Two Boynton Beach parents are locked up after, police say, a 25 pound 3-year-old was found malnourished. The child had never eaten solid food.

The parents, Champagne Gillis and Thomas Phillips, were arrested Friday.

They say they took their son to the emergency room Friday night because he was very sick with sores in his mouth and a 102-degree fever. "He had been sick for a while. His immune system seems to be shot; he is always getting sick. So when he finally was getting to that point where he couldn't keep his bottle down, I brought him to the ER to get help," Gillis said.

Police responded, and the boy was transferred to Palms West Pediatric ER according to police reports.

The parents were charged with child abuse.

Gillis says she was trying a homeopathic approach to making her son eat.

The boy's father says he didn't brush his son's teeth because his son didn't like it. "It's the same thing as with the food. He fights against doing it. There is only so much I'm going to try and have him do before he gets sick," Thomas Phillips said.

The parents say apple sauce is the only thing Sebastian would eat for the past three years. He is now in the care of DCF, and the couple's other two children are with a family member.

According to the police report, while at the hospital, the mother did not seem alarmed her son was malnourished.

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