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Couple convicted of starving son have lawsuit dismissed

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 15, 2016 3:01 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against prison officials filed by a Pennsylvania couple convicted in the 2014 starvation death of their disabled 9-year-old son.

Pennlive.com reports Jarrod and Kimberly Tutko were seeking punitive damages for mistreatment at the Dauphin County Prison, saying they were forced to live in "unsanitary conditions without access to proper clean air."

U.S. Middle District Senior Judge Sylvia Rambo says she'll give the couple a last chance to file a more specific complaint.

Jarrod Tutko Sr. is serving 21 to 42 years in prison and Kimberly Tutko is doing 20 to 40 years in the death of Jarrod Tutko Jr. The boy's body was found in August 2014 in the family's Harrisburg home.

Jarrod had a genetic disorder with autism-like symptoms and weighed less than 17 pounds.

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