Lubbock couple accused of neglecting, refusing to feed adopted child

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Updated: 10/03/2013 4:15 am
Dave Dixon, 62, and his 58-year-old wife Wonda, have been indicted on a charge of injury to a child. 

"What we know at this point is that Child Protective Services received a complaint regarding the Dixon household," Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said. "They went out to investigate, found that one of the children in particular was severely malnourished. They immediately took the child to the hospital. The sheriff's office was then contacted, we immediately began an investigation."

The Dixon's were foster parents to ten children, ages five to 14, before adopting them as their own. The couple has been accused of witholding food and water from one of their daughters, and she may not be the only one. 

"Right now, there is at least one other child that we've got some issues the investigators are still looking at," Rowe said. "And again, as we can get in and talk to all of them, and work with all of them, we'll find out just how far this goes."

It is disheartening to Prosecutor Barron Slack to see the foster system open the door to abuse. 

"Most of the kids in this or any other situation had some kind of neglect or abuse prior to that," Slack said. "So, then you get a sense of hope that the kid may have, the child will have, that it is going to be better. And then when it turns out to be abusive again in that foster scenario, it can be devastating to the child. So, we take it seriously."

"I know that the one particular child that was taken out initially, that had been going on for quite some time," Rowe said. "That much was readily evident."

The child has since been released from the hospital. The Dixon's other children are in the custody of CPS. 

The Dixon's bond was set at $150,000 each. Rowe said more charges could be filed as the investigation continues. 
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