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Illinois officials investigated Jerseyville family in 2016

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A news release from the Jerseyville Police Department said Michael Roberts, 42, and the child's step-mother Georgena Roberts, 42, are facing murder, and child endangerment charges. (Credit: Jersey County) A news release from the Jerseyville Police Department said Michael Roberts, 42, and the child's step-mother Georgena Roberts, 42, are facing murder, and child endangerment charges. (Credit: Jersey County)
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JERSEYVILLE (KMOV.com) -

The Jerseyville home of a six-year-old boy, now dead of alleged starvation, was visited by state officials back in January 2016.

The Department of Child and Family Services told News 4 they responded to a hotline complaint about "inadequate food in the home."

A DCFS spokesperson says a pediatric specialist concluded the child's weight was the result of a medical condition and the case was closed.

Authorities in Jersey County now say the six-year-old apparently died from starvation.

Michael and Georgena Roberts are now charged with first-degree murder and endangering the life and health of a child.

Police say it appears the lack of food was a form of punishment.

A seven-year-old, also in the home, is suffering from severe malnourishment, according to documents, and is still hospitalized.

DCFS says they have taken custody of five children and placing them with relatives.

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