Mother, boyfriend charged in malnutrition death of toddler

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Ruben Yepez-Ruiz (left) and Saritza Serrano Ruben Yepez-Ruiz (left) and Saritza Serrano

A mother and her boyfriend are charged with the malnutrition death of a 2-year-old in a rat infested Kansas City home.

Prosecutors announced Monday that 25 -year-old Saritza Serrano and 24-year-old Ruben Yepez-Ruiz are charged with abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. No attorneys are listed for them in online court records.

Charging documents say emergency crews responded to their home on Nov. 16. They found the boy's body in a feces-covered bedroom with a door that latched on the outside.

Serrano told police the boy had been sick for three weeks but that she hadn't taken him to a doctor. She said she fed him milk through a bottle. Yepez-Ruiz said he hadn't seen the child in several weeks, although they lived in the same home together.