connectVideoMother accused of intentionally refusing medical treatment for her diabetic daughter, eventually causing her death
Prosecutors in Illinois has announced charges on Thursday against a mother who they claim that they had knowledge of her teenage daughter’s diabetes diagnosis, but hidden and left untreated, can lead to the girl’s death.
Amber Hampshire was hit with the charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life or health of a child, Madison County State Attorney Tom Gibbons said in a press release.
Her daughter, the 14-year-old Emily, died in early November of diabetic ketoacidosis, according to the press release. Her death was completely senseless,” Gibbons told Fox 2 Now.
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“Upon further investigation, it was determined that Emily was first diagnosed with diabetes in 2013 and suffered a prior serious medical complications as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis, including as recently as February 2018,” the press release said.
Amber Hampshire, was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count endangering the life or health of a child, the public prosecutor said in the press release.
Details of the research suggests that the Hampshire “was fully aware of Emily’s diabetic condition, but took measures to hide” and not give her the “proper medical treatment and medication, which led to Emily’s death from diabetic ketoacidosis,” the officials said.
“Amber Hampshire had all the information and all the available resources to take care of this and instead chose to conceal it even in the closest family members,” Gibbons told Fox 2 Now.
The father of the girl allegedly was not informed of the diagnosis.
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Had Emily received the treatment of the condition, “it would absolutely survive,” Gibbon said.
Search warrant documents reviewed by Fox 2 Now noticed on different things by the enforcement of the law, which showed that Hampshire had the necessary items to care for Emily’s state, but not to use them.
The reasoning is not clear; religious considerations do not seem to play a role, Gibbons told the outlet.
“The researchers looked in that corner and I don’t think there is any reason to believe that a claim or defense in this case,” Gibbons said. “I think there is substantial evidence to the contrary.”
Alton Police department Public Information Officer Emily Hejna confirmed to Fox News that Hampshire turned herself in on Thursday and is no longer in custody.
Attempts by Fox News to reach Hampshire were not successful.