That's a hard call, but to allow a child to get to such a morbid state of obesity can't be right. His life must be SO restricted and his outlook for a healthy future is pretty dim. Granted, he must have some severe problems, both physical and mental, to get to that point, but he didn't get there overnight, or all by himself. Apparently the mom knew that she had to do something about it but didn't. Is it a crime for a parent to endanger her child's life by giving him drugs, or letting him drive a car without instruction, or encouraging him to rob stores? Children are not capable of making good judgements for themselves all the time, which is why we parents HAVE to be responsible for them. But if a parent can't or won't be responsible, then who will?