Starved child case grinds through court

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By Damon Lawrence

The case against the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death continues to wind slowly through the court system.

Matthew and Amanda Dotson had a hearing scheduled in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

The case was rescheduled, and a new date won’t be determined until the Aug. 15 docket sounding.

The Dotsons are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their son, Clifford. According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the toddler was deceased when Amanda Dotson arrived with him at Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City on May 3, 2012.

Investigator Art Wolff said preliminary autopsy results indicated Clifford died of severe malnutrition.

Clifford was born on Jan. 20, 2010. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he weighed around 12 pounds at the time of his death.

The parents were indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 18, 2012.

Amanda Dotson is represented by the Public Defender’s Office. Matthew Dotson was originally represented by Joseph Lodato.

He was allowed to withdraw in July of last year, and Kent Booher was appointed to represent Matthew Dotson.

Amanda Dotson is being held at the Roane County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Matthew Dotson, who is out on bond, sat in the back of the courtroom on Monday.