Ohio nurse gets 10 years in malnutrition death

AP News
Posted: Nov 06, 2012 6:02 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio nurse has been sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison after she unexpectedly pleaded guilty in the malnutrition death of a teen who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died.

Mollie Parsons had been set to go to trial Wednesday. She pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter, failing to provide for a functionally impaired child and tampering with records.

Prosecutors say it was Parsons' job to administer care to 14-year-old Makayla Norman of Dayton six days a week.

The girl died in March 2011 from malnutrition. Her mother, Angela Norman, is serving a nine-year sentence stemming from her death.

The 42-year-old Parsons could have been sentenced to as little as three years in prison.