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MIDVALE — Midvale parents accused of ignoring orders to get help for their two malnourished children were arrested Friday, according to police.

Unified police arrested Antoine Torrez Scott, 27, and Andrea Kendrick, 26, who were chargedThursday with two counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony.

According to charging documents, the couple took their children, ages 10 months and 18 months, to see a doctor for a routine physical exam in September. The physician "expressed concern about (the 18-month-old's) ribs sticking out," according to charging documents.

The doctor who examined the children determined that both were "profoundly malnourished and classified both children as failure to thrive due to lack of food being provided," the charges state. The doctor said he was worried about "refeeding syndrome" and told the parents to take their children to the hospital "to ensure their safety."

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When the doctor learned that the couple had not gone to the hospital, he contacted the Division of Child and Family Services.

A couple of days later, Unified police accompanied division workers to Scott and Kendrick's residence and found both children were "severely malnourished and extremely lethargic," the charges state.

The children were taken into state custody, according to Unified police, and are receiving medical treatment.

Initial court appearances have not yet been scheduled for Scott and Kendrick.

— McKenzie Romero