CLEVELAND — A judge in Ohio says a third-grader who was taken from his mother after his weight topped 200 pounds will be removed from foster care and placed in his uncle's custody.

A judge in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court in Cleveland made the decision on Wednesday, the boy's ninth birthday.

County child welfare officials had won the court's approval to remove the boy from his mother's custody after case workers said the woman wasn't doing enough to control his weight.

The judge said the boy's weight has dropped to 192 pounds while he's been in foster care for two months. The boy did not appear in court.

He will move in with his uncle in the Columbus area after his classes end for the semester.