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LONGMONT, Colo. -- Two Colorado parents are facing child abuse charges after they allegedly neglected and starved their 17-year-old autistic son.

KDVR reports David Lawrence Hall and Vanessa Hall brought their son to the hospital after he lost consciousness. When admitted, he checked in at 88 pounds and was diagnosed with hypovolemic shock, severe malnutrition, acute renal failure and an extreme pressure ulcer.

The son, who is also blind, had not been formally placed in school and had not been given medical or dental care in several years.

Vanessa Hall blamed the malnutrition on her son being a "picky eater," saying he would only drink sodas and eat snacks. The parents are also accused of making him use a jug as a toilet.

Doctors say the teenager's medical condition should improve with several weeks of intensive medical care.

The duo is charged with child abuse and negligent serious bodily injury to an at-risk person.