Toddler Starved to Death While Mom Worked Nights Dancing in Club
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA — A Georgia mother has been charged with murder in connection with the death of her daughter, 2 years and 11 months old, who weighed just 14 pounds when she died, according to police.
Devin Moon called police on Tuesday and told officers that her daughter, Reygan, was “unresponsive and cold to the touch,” according to a press release from the Gwinnett County Police Department. She also allegedly told detectives her daughter was born with medical problems that prevented her from gaining weight.
A normal weight for a child of Reygan’s age would be between approximately 26 and 38 pounds, according to People.
“[T]he cause of death was determined to be neglect (malnutrition),” according to the statement. “No other medical issues were discovered which could have led to Reygan’s death. Her weight at the time of death was 14 lbs.”
Moon reportedly worked as a dancer at a club and allegedly left her child alone while she worked, according to WFMY2. Gwinnett County Police Sergeant Jake Smith told the TV station that Moon regularly worked night shifts, and stated that the child “was left at home alone for 10-12 hours most nights.”
According to the press release, Moon’s family had contacted the Department of Family and Children Services with their concerns four times since July 2017 about Reygan’s weight, which resulted in Moon cutting off contact with her family members. “They had not seen Reygan for about a year,” the release states.
After the last visit, Devin’s mother, Deborah Moon, wanted to take Reygan away from Devin, saying, “I begged them to please just let her go with me,” she said. “Please let her go with me.”
Devin Moon was charged with one count of felony murder and one count of cruelty to children in the first degree on Friday when she appeared before a judge.
Her next court date is set for August 8.