Published July 26, 2012
The doctor of a 14-year-old girl who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died in southwest Ohio has been charged with failing to report child abuse or neglect in the death.
Montgomery County's prosecutor says Dr. Margaret Edwards was charged Wednesday with three counts of the misdemeanor in juvenile court in Dayton.
The prosecutor says Edwards was Makayla Norman's doctor from July 2010 until the girl's March 1, 2011, death from nutritional and medical neglect complicated by her chronic condition.
Edwards was required to report any abuse, Mathias Heck, Jr., the Montgomery County prosecutor said, according to the Dayton Daily News.
The girl's mother pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and endangering children and was sentenced to nine years in prison. Three nurses have pleaded not guilty in the case and await trial.
"As with the other defendants, the defendant utterly ignored her responsibilities and failed to report the obvious signs of neglect of Makayla," he told the paper.
The Dayton Daily News reported that Makayla weighed 28 pounds at her death and she had open bedsores and she was infested with lice, among other things.
Edwards has declined to comment.