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7-year-old kept in closet

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DENVER – A 7-year-old boy who weighed just 31 pounds when he died was kept in a closet for days at a time without food, water or access to a toilet, a newly released court document says.Chandler Grafner was suffering from starvation and dehydration and had more than two dozen cuts and bruises when he died May 6 after suffering cardiac arrest, the coroner said.His guardian, Jon Phillips, 26, and Phillips’ girlfriend, Sarah Berry, 22, face charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.Darren Cantor, Phillips’ lawyer, said he couldn’t comment. Berry’s attorney, Jason Young, did not immediately return a phone call.A police statement of probable cause, reported Wednesday by The Denver Post, quotes Chandler’s younger half-brother as saying Chandler was regularly put in the closet when he had been “bad” and was left there for days and nights.He was sometimes given oatmeal when he complained, “but he would have to stay in the closet to eat it,” the document says.

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