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4th defendant in malnourished boy’s death reaches plea deal

FILE - This file photo provided by the Vigo County Sheriff's Department in Terre Haute, Ind., shows Hubert Kraemer, one of four people charged with neglect in the death of Cameron R. Hoopingarner, a malnourished 9-year-old Indiana boy with cerebral palsy. Kraemer has reached a plea agreement that calls for him to plead guilty to charges including neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. Kraemer, who was expected to face trial in October, now is scheduled to appear Dec. 8, 2018, in Vigo Superior Court. (Vigo County Sheriffs Department via AP, File)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A man charged with neglect in the death of a malnourished 9-year-old western Indiana boy with cerebral palsy has reached a plea agreement in the case.

Fifty-eight-year-old Hubert Kraemer, who was expected to face trial in October, now is scheduled to appear Dec. 14 in Vigo Superior Court. The Tribune-Star reports that under the agreement, Kraemer will plead guilty to charges including neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.

The boy, Cameron Hoopingarner, was blind and weighed less than 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) when officers found him in February 2017 at the family’s home near Fontanet, 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of Indianapolis.

Kraemer’s wife Robin Kraemer, the boy’s primary caregiver, is in prison after being convicted . The Kraemers’ adult son and their son’s girlfriend earlier entered guilty pleas.

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This story has been corrected to show that Kraemer’s next court date is scheduled for Dec. 14, not Dec. 8.

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Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com

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