Ohio mom charged in death of 28-pound teen girl

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio mother was charged Thursday with
involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 14-year-old daughter,
who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds. Three others also
were charged, including the teen's former nurse.
A Montgomery County grand jury in Dayton indicted the four
women.
Makayla Norman died March 1 from nutritional and medical neglect
complicated by her chronic condition, the Montgomery County
coroner's office ruled.
"She was the worst malnourished child this office has ever
seen," Ken Betz, director of the coroner's office, said Thursday.
Authorities have said that the teen died minutes after
paramedics rushed her to a hospital.
The girl's mother, 42-year-old Angela Norman, also was indicted
on a felony count and a misdemeanor count of endangering children,
prosecutor's spokesman Greg Flannagan said. Norman, of Dayton, was
in the county jail Thursday, he said. No attorney was listed for
her.
The teen's former nurse, Mollie E. Parsons, was indicted on
charges of involuntary manslaughter, failing to provide for a
functionally impaired person and tampering with records. Two other
women - Kathryn Williams and Mary K. Kilby, are each charged with
failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and failing
to report child abuse.
Flannagan, who said arrest warrants have been issued for the
three women, said he did not have additional information on the
relationships of Kilby and Williams to the girl. The prosecutor
planned to speak about the case in a news conference later
Thursday.
The women could not be reached for comment; their telephone
numbers were not immediately available.
Authorities had said last month that they were investigating the
death.
Children's services had a referral on the family in September
2009, but was unable to substantiate any allegations, Ann Stevens,
a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Department of Job and
Family Services said Thursday.
Stevens said she could not provide any additional information
because of confidentiality requirements, but she said that the
department would have assisted the police and the prosecutor's
office in their investigation of the girl's death.


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