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.