The 8-year-old Minnesota boy allegedly staved by his adopted parents will remain in foster care until further notice, the Star Tribune reported.
Nicollet County District Judge Todd Westphal ruled on November 29 that the boy's three siblings would remain with their parents, Russell and Mona Hauer.
The Hauers are charged with neglect and malicious punishment of a child. The couple allegedly put an alarm on the 8-year-old's door so he could not steal food.
An attorney for the Hauers has said the couple will fight for custody of all four children.
The alleged child abuse was detected when the Hauers brought the boy to Mayo Clinic in October after they thought they saw blood on his shirt, according to the International Business Times.
During examination, doctors found the boy's bones protruding, his brain atrophied and a slow heartbeat.
The boy was also vomiting blood. He weighed only 35 pounds when he was taken to the hospital.
The three other children also claimed to have been abused.