Not guilty pleas entered in Ohio teen girl's death

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Posted: Nov 22, 2011 9:32 PM
Not guilty pleas entered in Ohio teen girl's death

Not guilty pleas were entered Tuesday for a mother and a nurse charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of the mother's 14-year-old daughter, who had cerebral palsy and weighed only 28 pounds.

Not guilty pleas also were entered in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in Dayton for two nurses indicted on lesser charges in the death of Makayla Norman. The coroner's office ruled her death on March 1 was due to nutritional and medical neglect complicated by her chronic condition. "She was the worst malnourished child this office has ever seen," the office's director said.

A judge entered a not guilty plea for Makayla's mother, Angela Norman, who's charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering children, the court clerk's office said. No attorney was listed for her. Her bail was set at $250,000.

Mollie Parsons, a licensed practical nurse whose job was to administer care to the girl six days a week, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, failure to provide for a functionally impaired person and tampering with records, attorney Jon Paul Rion said. Her bail was set at $250,000, but Rion said he planned to ask for a reduced bond.

A main issue in the case is whether the girl's malnutrition was caused by the cerebral palsy, he said.

"Her weight and body mass were always an issue," Rion said. "The malnutrition could have been caused by the body's inability to take in nutrients."

Kathryn Williams, 42, of Englewood, and Mary K. Kilby, 63, of Miamisburg, were each charged with failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and failing to report child abuse or neglect. Bail for each of them was set at $10,000 with electronic home monitoring, prosecutor's spokesman Greg Flannagan said.

Kilby's attorney, Dennis Lieberman, said his client pleaded not guilty to the charge of failing to provide for a functionally impaired person, a felony, and would plead not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to report child abuse or neglect. Lieberman declined further comment.

No attorney was listed for Kathryn Williams, 42, of Englewood, but the clerk's office said a judge entered a not guilty plea for her.

County Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. has said that the four women were responsible for caring for the girl and "they all utterly ignored and failed to do so."

Heck said last week that the girl undoubtedly would still be alive "if just one of these defendants had acted responsibly."

Makayla had numerous bed sores and showed other signs of neglect, he said.

She was confined to her home and was supposed to be cared for by her mother, listed as 42 in jail records, and the 41-year-old Parsons, the prosecutor said.

Williams and Kilby are registered nurses, the prosecutor's office said.

Williams was paid to supervise Parsons and visit and inspect the living conditions and do a physical assessment of the girl every 30 to 60 days. Kilby was scheduled to visit every six months to also check on conditions of the home and assess the girl's health, needs and care, the prosecutor said.