Support Grows For Mom Of 550-Pound Boy
Calls Offer Aid For Jerri Gray, Son
POSTED: 6:38 pm EDT June 17, 2009
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Support for the mother of a 555-pound boy is coming from all over the country, despite the fact that she remains in jail.
Jerri Gray was arrested and extradited from Maryland to Greenville, after she fled the Upstate to avoid a family court hearing where the Department of Social Services planned to take custody of her son, prosecutors said.
She is being held on charges of child neglect and custodial interference.
Gray’s attorney said Wednesday that his office had taken many calls from all over from people offering financial support and other aid to Gray and her son. Efforts are under way to establish a fund to help the family in the long-term.
Attorney Grant Varner said, “We are hoping to complete the program — provide a complete treatment program, a full treatment program, a beneficial treatment program — whereas the Department of Social Services wants to put him on a treadmill and get him to lose 100 pounds and say, ‘Job done.’”
Marilyn Matheus, with DSS, issued a written statement saying, “This child is under medical care and progressing well. His medical team will determine his best course of treatmet and we will make sure he is provided what he needs.”
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