An Alabama couple who didn’t believe in doctors could face life in prison if convicted of aggravated child abuse in the starvation death of their 3-year-old son, according to police.

News outlets reported Ashley Elizabeth Catron and Frederick Anthony Frink were denied bond Thursday, Aug. 22. Huntsville officers testified that sons of the couple were severely malnourished.

Prosecutor Tim Douthit said Hendrix Frink died of starvation weighing just 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms). He told the court his 4-year-old brother survived, barely, weighing 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms).

Investigator Julian Johnson said their home smelled of urine and cribs of the boys were soiled by blood and feces. Police said they told authorities they tried to nourish the children with PediaSure.

The couple has filed for bankruptcy over tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

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