Milwaukee woman pleads not guilty in death of emaciated son

Milwaukee woman pleads not guilty in death of emaciated son
This Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 booking photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, shows Iraida Pizarro-Osorio. Pizarro-Osorio is facing child neglect charges following the death of her 42-pound teenage son. (Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office via AP)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee mother has pleaded not guilty to child neglect charges following the death of her 42-pound (19.05-kilogram) teenage son.

Prosecutors say 16-year-old Hector Pizarro died Sept. 4 at a Milwaukee medical clinic where his mother, Iraida Pizarro-Osorio, had taken him after he became unresponsive.

A criminal complaint said the teen appeared extremely emaciated and that his skeletal structure was visible underneath his skin.

A Milwaukee County court commissioner Wednesday found probable cause to hold the mother for trial. Pizarro-Osorio told police her son had a chromosome disorder, was epileptic and autistic and that the condition impacted his ability to gain weight. She said he also had the mental capacity of a small child and never weighed more than 75 to 80 pounds (36.29 kilograms).