An Illinois mom allegedly knew her daughter suffered from diabetes for years, but hid the illness from her closest family — including the child’s father.

Now the mother, Amber Hampshire, is facing charges after the girl died at age 14 from complications related to her diabetes, Fox2now reports.

According to police, Hampshire first learned that her daughter, Emily, had diabetes in 2013 when she was nine years old.

She failed to treat the illness for years, leading the child to be admitted to the hospital in February for diabetic ketoacidosis and pneumonia.

The Telegraph reports that the mother was then instructed to give Emily insulin on a regular basis, in addition to keeping her on a specific diet.

However, the mom allegedly never filled the prescription for the drugs and failed to show up for her daughter’s follow-up medical appointments.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons told Fox2now:

“Amber Hampshire had all of the information and all of the resources available to take care of this and instead chose to conceal it from even the closest family members… There were so many supportive people around this family and around this young girl, who would’ve stepped up and helped.”

On November 1, the child’s parents called for help after finding Emily unresponsive. An affidavit obtained by The Telegraph read:

Zachary and Amber Hampshire reported to Alton Police officers and medical staff the Emily had been sick for the past couple of days with vomiting, diarrhea and nausea prior to being found unresponsive on the morning of 11/01/18.

The 14-year-old was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where staff asked the mother for Emily’s medical records and were denied. Hampshire insisted that her daughter didn’t need insulin.

On November 3, Emily died from diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when the body produces too many blood acids.

Medical records obtained later confirmed that she’d been diagnosed with diabetes back in 2013.

On Thursday, Hampshire turned herself into police. She’s been charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life of a child.

Gibbons said it remains unclear why Hampshire denied her daughter medical treatment.

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4 Replies to “Mom Is Charged After Child Dies From Lack of Diabetes Treatment. Police Say She Hid the Diagnosis”

  • Melanie 2 years ago

    This mother should be charged with murder because I feel this was malice aforethought to intentionally withhold insulin. I also hold the medical doctor and medical facility accountable for not monitoring this young girl. When my pediatric patients did not show up for follow ups in cardiology I made sure the parents were contacted to reschedule and if they did not abide then I left the courts take care of it by asking a judge to insure that the parents comply to keep their child alive. Children’s healthcare is a legal duty and a moral duty and if relatives saw this girl ill and did not report it they are as bad as the mother.
    This is a tragic death of a young girl!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    With juvenile diabetes it is a very serious disease and needs to be monitored daily with blood sugar checks. This women maybe was not educated regarding s/s or that
    it can be fatal or in denial. Such a beautiful girl with her whole future ahead of her. RIP.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      I think sometimes that parents feel that if there is something wrong with their child it doesn’t reflect well on them as a parent. That is the furtherest from the truth, but many feel that way. In this case there is no excuse that this mother did not abide by what the doctors and nurses told her. Malice aforethought.
      When your child is diagnosed with something you as the parent want to know everything you can about the diagnosis so you can help your child. We have in this case diabetic classes at the hospitals, internet, library to educate yourself.
      All Type 1 diabetics need insulin either through injection or pump, because the pancreas does not produce it and without it they die.
      They are experimenting with an inhalation type insulin as well.

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