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Tulsa Parents Formally Charged with Child Neglect

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Two parents were formally charged Tuesday afternoon with child neglect.

Tulsa Police arrested Mark Knapp and Elizabeth Pester last week after their 3-year-old was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Oklahoma prosecutors filed one count of child neglect Tuesday for each parent.

According previous reports from KTUL, a Department of Human Services employee notified TPD' Child Crisis Unit that Knapp and Pester's child was in the hospital. Records indicate the child had been in DHS custody and was returned to the parents last year.

DHS official stated the child was hospitalized in 2012 and on Oct. 8 of this year. At the time the child reportedly weight 13 pounds.

"There's always much more to the story, but DHS is not at liberty to discuss the details of the case. Situations sometimes occur where parents may try to elude DHS or will not cooperate," Mark Beutler, DHS spokesperson said in a statement. "We do take our responsibility to monitor a child's safety very seriously. Parents, however, are also responsible for the safety and proper care of their children."

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