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The child's mother has claimed the family had been trying to get the boy to lose weight by encouraging him to play more active games on his Wii games console.
She also said her family was predisposed to being overweight.
The woman, from King's Lynn in Norfolk, told The Sun newspaper: "The idea they could take away my son scares me so much.
"His weight isn't that much of a big deal.
"I'm chubby and the whole of my husband's side of the family is big. It's genetics - you can be genetically fat."
Police have defended their decision to arrest the parents, saying officers from the child abuse investigation unit worked closely with health and social services to deal with "sensitive issues such as obesity and neglect of a child".
A spokesman said: "While it is inappropriate to comment on this case specifically, it is important to stress that intervention at this level is very rare and will only occur where other attempts to protect the child have been unsuccessful."
A 49-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman, from King's Lynn in Norfolk, were questioned by officers over the child's care and released on bail. Police said intervention at this level was "very rare" and only occurred where other attempts to protect the child had been unsuccessful. A spokeswoman added police were working with health and social services.
The couple were arrested in March on suspicion of child neglect and cruelty under section 1 of the Children's Act 1933.
"When dealing with sensitive issues such as obesity and neglect of children, officers from the force's Child Abuse Investigation Unit work closely with partners, significantly with both health care and social services, to ensure any response to address them are proportionate and necessary," police said.
"Any action taken by any agency will be subject to a joint strategy and will always be taken with the welfare of the child and their protection from harm as paramount."
Norfolk County Council spokeswoman said: "Our priority will always be the health, well-being and safety of Norfolk's children and we will always do all we can to support families to meet their children's needs."
originally posted by: SprocketUK
If they're too stupid to feed a child properly, they shouldn't have one.
originally posted by: TiredofControlFreaks
a reply to: grainofsand
Sure that is what is an important response to the OP
Take the opportunity to remind everyone how "morally superior" you are because you are not fat!!!
You may be lean but you are personality is ugly to the bone
Tired of Control Freaks