MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have accused an Appleton couple of starving their 17-month-old daughter, apparently because her father was afraid she would become obese.

Christopher and Mary Sultze each face one count of child neglect, a felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to a criminal complaint filed earlier this month, the child weighed a little more than 8 pounds when she was born in July 2010. This past August she weighed a little more than 11 pounds.

The complaint says Christopher Sultze told a social worker during a discussion that month about feeding the child more that he didn’t want obese children.

Mary Sultze’s attorney says he’s not convinced the parents committed any criminal wrongdoing. Christopher Sultze’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

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Comments (10)
  1. tan pup says:

    You have to obtain a license to drive, get married, own a dog, but anyone can mate and produce a child because it’s their “right” – yet no one understands or wants to bare the responsibility. . .

      1. jackactionhero says:

        How is that well said? You think people should have to obtain government approval before having intercourse?

        You want having kids to not be a “right” now too?

        What is it that was so well said? Please be specific. Thanks.

  2. JesseV says:

    Wis. – home of the Packers and Gov Walker, now this, need we say more?

  3. j speedbag 64 says:

    dosen’t think he did anything wrong…….something going on between this guy’s ears ……take the kid and place her with somebody who loves kids…….

  4. Just Sick says:

    He don’t want fat children but would rather have a mental handicapped or physical deformed child from lack of nutrition.
    Way to go dad

  5. Pate says:

    Sick to think that people believe a baby is too fat.They’re BABIES!

  6. Malcolm Jeffcoat says:

    My wife doea daycare and she had a father who would only bring his child half the amouth of milk she needed for the day because he said he dind not want a fat child but my wife informed himshe couldn’d not feed the baby and he took his child out of her care.

  7. Shayna Russum says:

    “not convinced the parents did anything wrong’?!!! Um,..let’s feed him the same amount of food that precious baby was getting and see if it sustains him! WHAT is wrong with people today!? The attorney should be fined for making such an incredulous statement!

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