Nurse Pleads Guilty In Teen’s Malnutrition Death
A 14-year-old girl in Ohio died last year from malnutrition. She was suffering from cerebral palsy and required a nurse’s care. The nurse responsible for her care has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the girl’s death.
The nurse pleaded guilty to the crimes she was charged with. The charges included involuntary manslaughter and tampering with medical records. At the time of her death the teen weighed a mere 28 pounds. The coroner involved said it was the worst case of starvation he had ever seen.
Trial was due to start when the nurse changed her plea to guilty. The change was not due to any plea deal with the prosecution.
Sentencing from a plea deal or trial could have been as low as three years in prison. The 10 year prison sentence is the maximum allowed. Some officials in the case are guessing the plea was changed to avoid a trial revealing more details in the case.
“She basically starved to death,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck told the Cour. Parsons “had a duty, a responsibility, an oath that she took as a nurse to care for people, and in this particular case, this is one of the most dependent victims she would ever come in contact with in her entire life, and she simply failed to do anything.” Parsons had no comment for news this week.