Police: York City woman's children were 'near death'

Kyesha Washington

A York City woman ignored professional advice regarding her children's nutrition, and they were "near death" when she eventually sought medical attention for them in May, according to police;

York City Police said Kyesha Washington was worried about her twins' weight in March, but she didn't take them to a doctor until late May.

The twins immediately were taken to Hershey Medical Center because of the severity of their condition, police said.

Washington, 26, of the 400 block of Lindberg Avenue, is charged with two felony counts of endangering child welfare.

Allegations: Police began investigating Washington on May 21, when she took her 7-month-old twins to the doctor, according to charging documents.

Police said one of the twins weighed 8 pounds and the other weighed 10, and they had to be taken to Hershey Medical Center for treatment.

They were there for several days because of their "near death" condition, court documents state.

"It is possible that both victims will have severe cognitive issues in the future due to their extended malnutrition," Detective Kyle Hower wrote in court documents.

On May 24, Washington spoke to police and told them she could see the twins' rib cages in their chests starting in May but she was afraid York County Children, Youth and Families would take her children away, so she waited to take them to see a doctor, according to police.

She admitted that since February or March she only fed the children hemp milk, which contains hemp seeds, dates and water, charging documents state.

Police said Washington was involved with a York City-based agency to help with feeding the children since their birth in October, but she ignored the medical advice from them and stopped working with them.

Charges were filed  Aug. 19, and she was arraigned on the charges at the county's central booking unit on Aug. 27.

Washington remains in York County Prison on $50,000 bail. She does not have an attorney listed.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 16 at District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr.'s office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.