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Boy poisoned as infant allegedly abused again

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Thomas Spiller holds his adopted son, Noah King. Thomas Spiller holds his adopted son, Noah King.
LEWISBURG, TN (WSMV) -

A boy who was poisoned by his mother as an infant is making headlines once again.

Noah Spiller's adoptive parents said there has been a second incident and they are taking action against the boy's school.

In 2008, Noah was hospitalized for salmonella. His sodium levels kept rising exponentially.

"They literally chemically paralyzed him and put him on a ventilator just to stop the seizure activity," said Thomas Spiller, Noah's adoptive father.

Noah had been poisoned by his mother. Investigators caught Amber Brewington putting salt in Noah's feeding tube. She told investigators she didn't want to see her son suffer.

Brewington is now serving a 15-year-sentence.

"She forever changed the course of that little boy's life," Spiller said.

The poison left Noah with severe brain injuries and blind. Doctors said he would not survive.

"And that if he did, he would never walk or talk," Spiller said.

Nearly six years later, Noah is alive and living with his adoptive parents.

"He is the sweetest, kindest little soul I've ever met in my life," Spiller said.

At just 6 years old, Noah has endured more abuse than most ever will. But his adoptive parents said it has happened again.

"The idea that anyone could take this precious soul and cause him any more harm ... I don't understand that," Spiller said.

Spiller said a substitute teacher saw another teacher physically abuse Noah while at Oak Grove Elementary School in Marshall County.

The teacher reported the alleged abuse to the principal.

"He had fingerprints on his left wrist. Now this is six hours after the incident. He had fingernail gouges in his arm. He had fingerprints on the base of his neck and he had a bruise on the back of his back," Spiller said.

"We were not notified by the school and we should have been," Spiller added.

The couple has an attorney and now plan to sue the district and the teacher.

"Lawsuit is the only way you get the school district's attention and change their behavior," attorney Roland Mumford said.

Spiller said it's not about money, but rather making sure nothing else ever happens to Noah.

"He just doesn't deserve that. He's been through enough already," Spiller said. "I don't understand what else this child has got to go through."

"Federal law prohibits us from discussing students. Safety is always a priority in Marshall County Schools. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing an education for all students," Marshall County Director of Schools Jackie Abernathy said.

The lawsuit has not yet been filed.

Abernathy said the teacher was not fired. She was a non-tenured teacher and they chose not to renew her contract at the end of the year.

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