Phoenix man accused of starving child sentenced to 15 years in prison

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Ryan Adam Morris (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Ryan Adam Morris (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Ryan Adam Morris (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Ryan Adam Morris (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Veronica Marie Diaz (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Veronica Marie Diaz (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Phoenix man who pleaded guilty to child abuse and attempted child abuse for failing to feed his 9-month-old son for nearly three weeks has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and lifetime probation upon release.

Ryan Adam Morris was sentenced Tuesday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Morris and his girlfriend, Veronica Marie Diaz, who is the mother of the child, said they failed to feed him after they ran out of baby formula.

Court records said Morris took the unresponsive, severely underweight infant to a Phoenix hospital in March 2014. When doctors examined the child, his kidneys were failing and he weighed 7 pounds, less than half the normal body weight for a child his age.

According to Phoenix police, the couple fed the child one bottle of water a day and milk at night for 18 days.

Diaz has four other daughters and claimed she received no financial support from her family, according to court documents. Morris said he could not provide food for the child because he needed to pay bills, according to court records. However, police said Morris bought tobacco products and the couple bought soda and food for themselves and the other children during the 18-day period the child was starving.

Diaz's four other children were taken into custody after her arrest.

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