After 3-Year-Old Dies Of Starvation At 13 Pounds, Alabama Couple Charged With Child Abuse

Investigators said they found boxes of breakfast foods and Popeyes in Ashley Catron and Frederick Frink's home where their child starved to death.

By Eric Shorey

A recently arrested Alabama couple could face life in prison after their 3-year-old child was starved to death.

Ashley Elizabeth Catron and Frederick Anthony Frink were arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse in connection to the death of their son, Hendrix Frink. Hendrix Frink had been severely malnourished before passing away in Huntsville, Alabama, weighing just 13 pounds upon his death, according to local station WHNT.

Hendrix's 4-year-old brother survived his parents' alleged mistreatment but weighed in at only 15 pounds upon discovery.

Emergency responders were called to the Catron and Frink household after receiving a call about an unresponsive child on July 23, reports AL.com. Medical personnel were unable to revive the child, who was pronounced dead at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children shortly thereafter. 

A preliminary autopsy for Hendrix confirmed the cause of death was starvation, reports WHNT.

Police said that the house where the four had lived smelled distinctly of urine, and that the children were discovered totally soiled, according to WAAY of Huntsville, Alabama. Breakfast foods and boxes from Popeyes was found in another room, according to officers.

The parents said they did not believe in doctors, the local station reports.

Ashley Elizabeth Catron Frederick Anthony Frink

The 4-year-old, who remains unnamed in reports, is now recovering. 

Frink and Catron are bring held at the Madison County Jail. Bail has been set at $200,000 for each.

Frink's defense attorney, Kourtney Ballew, asked Madison County District Judge Patty Demos to reduce his bail. The request was denied.

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