Illinois mother concealed and intentionally denied medical treatment for her daughter's diabetes causing the girl's death
The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged an Alton woman with intentionally denying medical treatment for her daughter's diabetes, eventually causing the child's death
An Illinois mother has been accused in the death of her 14-year-old daughter after she allegedly hid information about the girl's diabetes and denied her medical treatment for five years.
Emily Hampshire died on November 3 at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis after going into cardiac arrest, according to local TV station KTVI.
Her mother, 39-year-old Amber Hampshire turned herself in with Alton police on December 27. She was charged with involuntary manslaughter to a family member and child endangerment, according to police and a spokesperson for the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
"If treated, it would be absolutely survivable. This death was completely senseless," said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, to KTVI. "Amber Hampshire had all 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."
It has been reported that Emily had been sick with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea for days before being found unresponsive that morning, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The cause of her death was confirmed to be diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication from diabetes in which blood acids buildup when a person’s body does not produce enough insulin.
Emily had been previously hospitalized in February for a complication and received medication and supplies to treat her illness, TV station KMOV reported. But the medicine was never used as Amber allegedly hid her daughter’s illness and refused to provide her with the prescribed medication.
Prosecutors alleged that Amber went to great lengths to hide her daughter’s illness as her relatives along with Emily's father were kept in the dark about her diabetes.
"There were so many supportive people around this family and around this young girl, who would’ve stepped up and helped," said Gibbons, the state’s attorney, KTVI reported.
It is unclear why Amber allegedly hid Emily’s illness and refused to provide her with treatment, but Gibbons said religion did not appear to be a factor.
People reported that Amber has been released from jail after posting a portion of her $100,000 bail. Amber took to Facebook to mourn the loss of Emily. "I miss her more than words can express," she reportedly wrote, calling Emily an "angel" and "one of a kind" and sharing, "I was blessed to be her mommy."