Teen charged in 5-year-old cousin's murder

Teen charged in 5-year-old cousin's murder

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Man speaks in support of wife, father accused of starving his children

ALBANY -- The father of two boys who were taken by Child Protective Services because they were allegedly malnourished said the children were receiving the proper care at home.

The boys' father, Brian Glasser, said the boys were born premature and were routinely checked by doctors. They were also following a diet prescribed by a dietician because the boys weren't gaining weight.

"The boys were diagnosed in their charts as failure to thrive, but the doctors reports routinely said the boys were in no danger and we have records to prove that. We consistently followed the plan that was in place," said Brian.

State Police arrested the boys' mother, Dana Glasser, and her father-in-law, Joseph Glasser, after they were indicted by a grand jury. Brian said he was also facing charges, but the grand jury determined there wasn't enough evidence for an indictment.

Court documents show the Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office argued the boys were malnourished and denied them food. In court, Joseph was accused of taunting the boys with food. The DA's office also alleged the boys took food from the garbage in school.

The DA's office said since they were removed from home the boys have returned to normal weight and their test results are normal.

Brian argues they have an underlying disorder that has not been treated and that they have only gained weight because they are no longer following the dietician's plan.

The two boys are part of a triplet born prematurely. The one boy released first from the hospital is not suffering problems. Brian says the other two are struggling and are the same children his wife and father are accused of malnourishing. He and his wife's attorney, Cheryl Coleman, say they have medical records and doctor's notes confirming the diagnosis. They plan to present it when the case goes to trial late this year.

"There's a lot of things going on here than just the weight. There's a lot of things we're concerned about. All we want is to test them," said Brian. "If they have it great, if not, tell us what to do. It seems like if you put more air in a tire with a hole in it, it doesn't fix the problem."
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