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GREENVILLE, S.C. — A mother accused of neglecting her 555-pound son's health has been brought back to South Carolina after she was arrested in Maryland.
Greenville County deputies said 49-year-old Jerri Gray waived an extradition hearing and arrived in Greenville on Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators said they were going to talk to Gray before her arraignment.
Gray was arrested on a charge of violating a custody order last month when she did not appear in court for a hearing with the Department of Social Services, authorities said.
Police found Gray and her 14-year-old son at a laundry in the Baltimore suburb of Woodlawn.
It wasn't immediately clear if Gray had an attorney.
The teen has been placed in protective custody.
When I first saw the headline I thought...."concealing a 555lb kid" the mother must be David Blaine.
Affected individuals are prone to obesity.
At birth, the child has poor sucking ability and may not grow at the expected rate. However, this changes remarkably by the time the child is one to four years of age. Prader-Willi syndrome is associated with an insatiable appetite, so that the child will eat virtually everything, and may be so obsessed by food they will go to any lengths to get it. Coupled with the unusually slow metabolism characteristic of the syndrome, this means that the child is prone to obesity. The hypothalamus is the brain structure responsible for regulation of appetite. It is thought that the hypothalamus in a child with Prader-Willi syndrome is dysfunctional. This is a lifelong problem.