The mother of a 14-year-old girl who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died last year pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges Friday in southwest Ohio.
Angela Norman, 42, of Dayton, entered the pleas in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in Dayton, north of Cincinnati, court officials said.
Norman pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony count of involuntary manslaughter and to single misdemeanor and felony counts of endangering children.
Norman's daughter, Makayla Norman, had numerous bed sores and showed other signs of neglect when she died on March 1, 2011, according to authorities. Angela Norman was indicted on the three counts last November. Three nurses who authorities said were to administer or monitor the girl's care also were charged.
Norman had been scheduled for trial on April 18 with the other three defendants.
The county coroner's office attributed the teen's death to nutritional and medical neglect complicated by her chronic condition. "She was the worst malnourished child this office has ever seen," said Ken Betz, director of the coroner's office.
Norman remained in jail Friday with bail set at $250,000. Her attorney did not immediately a call to his office.
Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said Friday that Angela Norman did not provide sufficient food or proper care for the child, resulting in her death.
The two felony counts were related to Makayla Norman's death. The misdemeanor count of endangering children involved another daughter, the prosecutor said.
Norman had been scheduled for trial April 18 with the other three defendants who have pleaded not guilty in the case.
Mollie E. Parsons, 42, of Dayton, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and tampering with records. Kathryn Williams, 42, of Englewood, and Mary K. Kilby, 63, of Miamisburg, both registered nurses, are each charged with failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and failing to report child abuse or neglect.
The teen was confined to her home and was supposed to be cared for by her mother and Parsons, a licensed practical nurse who was supposed work six days a week at the home, according to the prosecutor.
Williams was paid to supervise Parsons, 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 has said.
An agreement has not yet been reached on a specific sentence for Norman. Sentencing is set for April 24.