Woman accused of starving her daughter - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman accused of starving her daughter

Crystal Faulkner (Source: SCSO) Crystal Faulkner (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis woman is now behind bars, accused of starving her child.

Crystal Faulkner, 28, is charged with Aggravated Child Neglect/Endangerment under Haley's Law, a law targeting accused child abusers.

According to the affidavit, the 2-year-old girl was sent to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in 2013. She was diagnosed as severe failure to thrive. Police records show the girl is Faulkner's daughter.

The 2-year-old had an MRI while at the hospital and the results showed her to be brain dead as a result of malnutrition. 

"It's sad and makes me feel bad for the child," said Sharon Whiting.

Police issued a warrant for Faulkner last January; she was taken into custody on Thursday.

 "Why have children if you're not going to take care of them?" wondered neighbor Tommy Larkin.

Childcare advocates said it's important for parents to understand resources available, like parenting classes, for example.

"Something out there could have helped this mother," said Mary Thompson, who works with Family Exchange Center.

Meanwhile, police reports showed that Department of Children's Services was involved with this family before regarding a physical abuse complaint, but DCS was not able to provide any further information due to privacy laws.

"If you're not going to take care of them, don't do the things that you do to have them," added Whiting.

WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin checked Faulkner's rap sheet and found that she has no prior criminal history.

Police have not released the condition of the 2-year-old girl.

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