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Originally published Friday, October 26, 2012 at 8:38 AM

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Moses Lake couple plead not guilty of starving son

A Moses Lake couple accused of starving their 2-year-old pleaded not guilty this week to criminal mistreatment charges.

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. —

A Moses Lake couple accused of starving their 2-year-old pleaded not guilty this week to criminal mistreatment charges.

Robert and Michelle Staats entered their pleas Tuesday in Grant County Superior Court in Ephrata.

The Columbia Basin Herald reports ( http://is.gd/K4ruSI) Michelle Staats told police she didn't trust hospitals and used herbal and homeopathic treatments for the boy who kept spitting up most of his food.

When the boy stopped breathing in May, she called 911. He weighed less than 10 pounds when he was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. He was airlifted to a Spokane hospital and later moved to a private care facility.

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Information from: Columbia Basin Herald, http://www.columbiabasinherald.com

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