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Chesterfield father accused of neglect after TV appearance

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A man who claimed thieves stole birthday presents from his son while at VCU Medical Center has now been accused of neglect.

Officials say Tim Roberts has kept his son, Christopher, out of school for months. Christopher is now in foster care.

"And they came and they took Christopher away from me," said Roberts. "I haven't seen my child since they came and took him away from me, and I'm really upset about it."

Roberts says Christopher was born with a debilitating bone disease that kept him in and out of the hospital. Roberts and his son now communicate through cards. The latest card is titled missing my dad.

Court documents allege Christopher has been abused or neglected. Roberts drew attention last month when he said thieves stole his son's birthday presents while he recovered in a hospital bed at VCU Medical Center. 

"They said that he was in danger," said Roberts. "And that I was exploiting him on the T.V. I was not. All  I did was tell the truth."

Roberts says Chesterfield Child Service officials contend he is suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy. It is an illness that causes a person to lie about sickness.

"And I have all these doctor's letters proving that he's sick," said Roberts with tears in his eyes.

Doctors at Chesterfield Pediatrics and VCU Medical Center have provided multiple written notes and a long list of sick dates. Roberts claims those documents were ignored.

"And it's breaking my heart," said Roberts.

Roberts notes he secured a homebound instruction that was signed by the family doctor earlier this year. He is due back in court at the end of the month.

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