SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Police say a child was starved and left to die.
They say the girl weighed only 13 pounds and investigators have now charged the girl's mother and grandmother with attempted murder.
Lakisha Green and Cassie Green were arrested and the child was taken to Memorial Health.
"They would never really feed her or give her anything to drink. She was really little ... she looked like a skeleton," a family member who didn't want to be identified said.
Neighbors say the mother received disability payments and used the money to buy drugs instead of feeding the child.
"You don't mistreat a child. It is absolutely ridiculous," neighbor Ethel Liddell said.
Other neighbors suspect the family hid the baby. When people would ask how she was doing, neighbors say the family would say she was sick.
"I never saw the baby with them. I never even knew there was a baby down there," neighbor Rasmiyyah Quarterman said.
The Greens were recently arrested even though the child was taken away in January.
Special Victims Sgt. Karen Ryan won't talk about specifics of the case because it is pending litigation, but did explain that all investigations like this take time.
"We have to do medical reviews. We do background investigations in our cases to see how long it's been going on. Of course, we always take the children away and make sure they are getting proper care," Sergeant Ryan said.
The child suffers from a genetic disorder where she cannot communicate, feed herself, or walk and is bed ridden.