Foster home sued over boy's starvation

November 4, 2008 8:32:32 AM PST
The family of a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is suing the operators of a Detroit foster home where they say their son starved to death. Elena Andron says she placed her son Johnny Dragomir in foster care because she had lost her job and couldn't afford to care for him.

Johnny died March 9, 2007 at Monroe Foster Home. Family lawyer Arnold Reed says the 5-foot boy's weight had dropped from 80 to 40 pounds.

The suit filed Monday names several individuals and foster care contractor Community Living Services Inc.

Company representatives didn't immediately return calls seeking comment Tuesday.

State Department of Human Services spokeswoman Davila Gendreau tells The Detroit News the boy's death is under investigation.