Published: Mar 08, 2011 5:34 PM EST
Updated: Mar 08, 2011 2:43 PM EST

HIALEAH, Fla. - A special-needs child is hospitalized after police found him clinging to life in a filthy motel room.

Hialeah police say they found the 2 1/2-year-old boy after his mother called 911 Saturday afternoon. They say the boy was suffering from severe dehydration and weighed just 15 pounds. He was surrounded by garbage, feces, soiled diapers, rotten formula and a dead cat.

His parents, 21-year-old Savanah Sholter and 25-year-old Vincent Collins, were arrested on child neglect charges. The child was taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Police say the parents were living in one room with a 1-year-old while the special-needs boy stayed alone in the dirty room next door.

The parents are being held on a $7,500 bond.

--- Information from: The Miami Herald,

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