The nurse who was supposed to provide daily care to Makayla Norman, the 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who starved to death in March 2011, is scheduled to go on trial today.
Mollie Parsons, 42, is one of five people who were charged in connection with Makayla’s death. Parsons was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison; failure to provide for a functionally impaired person, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison; and a misdemeanor count of tampering with records.
Makayla, who could neither speak, move, nor feed herself, weighed 28 pounds when she died March 1, 2011. Her body was covered with filth and open bedsores, her hair and eyebrows were infested with lice, and her diaper and colon filled with feces, according to Dayton police.
Parsons was to work from 3 to 11 p.m. six days a week caring for Makayla, while her mother, Angela Norman, provided the care the remainder of the time, Dayton police Detective Rebecca Rose testified during a court hearing in December. Rose said that though Parsons “was rarely there” when she was supposed to be, witness statements showed that Parsons was there that night.
Rose said the daily records kept by Parsons indicated Makayla was in good health with no problems and had been fed when Parsons left at 10 p.m. the day of her death. Two minutes later, Makayla’s mother called 911 saying Makayla was having difficulty breathing. The child was rushed to the Children’s Medical Center of Dayton where she died at 10:30 p.m., Rose said.
Jury selection is to begin this morning in the courtroom of Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Katherine Huffman, the same judge who sentenced Makayla’s mother to nine years in prison in May. In that case, Angela Norman, 43, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangering.
Two other nurses, Kathryn Williams, 43, of Englewood and Mary K. Kilby, 64, of Miamisburg, had already agreed to forfeit their licenses under the plea agreements reached Sept. 14. Both pleaded no contest to two counts of failing to provide for a functionally impaired person. All of those charges are fourth-degree felonies punishable by up to 18 months in prison, but Huffman placed both of them on probation for five years Oct. 24.
Williams was to monitor and supervise the care provided by Parsons. Kilby was a surrogate of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and responsible for seeing that Makayla continued to qualify for the state-administered Medicaid program and that she was receiving the taxpayer-funded care.
In July, Dr. Margaret Edwards, 50, of Trotwood, became the fifth person charged in the case when prosecutors filed three first-degree misdemeanor counts of failing to report abuse or neglect. Those charges, punishable by up to six months in a county jail, were filed in Montgomery County Juvenile Court. Willams and Kilby each still face a single count of the same charge, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
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