Dover, N.H.

Charge dropped in N.H. child starvation case

Prosecutors must consider the mental state of a woman charged with starving a disabled New Hampshire boy, a judge has ruled. Peggy Starr, 55, is accused of depriving the boy of food when he lived in her daughter’s New Durham home from 2006 to 2010. Prosecutors said the then-6-year-old boy weighed just 23 pounds when the state intervened. Foster’s Daily Democrat reported that a judge ruled earlier this week that prosecutors will have to bring the case before a grand jury again. Public defender David Batancourt argued to dismiss the charge, saying prosecutors have to allege whether Starr committed assault purposefully, knowingly, or recklessly. (AP)