- Amber Hampshire turned herself into police in Alton, Illinois, on Thursday and was charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life or health of a child, KMOV reported.
- The charges came almost two months after her 14-year-old daughter, Emily, died from complications relating to diabetes.
- Prosecutors are accusing Hampshire of hiding Emily’s diabetes diagnosis from family and doctors for five years and failing to provide her with medication and medical help.
An Illinois mother is accused of letting her 14-year-old daughter die by hiding the girl’s diabetes diagnosis from family and doctors for five years and failing to provide her with medical help.
Amber Hampshire of Alton, Illinois, was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life or health of a child, KMOV reported.
Officials from the Madison County state attorney’s office said Hampshire’s daughter, Emily, died from complications from diabetes on November 3.
Alton mom Amber Hampshire charged with involuntary manslaughter and Endangering the Life or Health of a Child. Her daughter Emily Hampshire died Nov 3, 2018 after falling into a diabetic coma. Prosecutors say Amber hid her daughters diabetes diagnosis for 5yrs pic.twitter.com/nZXkF8OwjK
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Emily had been diagnosed with diabetes in 2013 and had previously experienced diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication in which the body produces excess acids in the blood.
Prosecutors say Hampshire, 39, knew about her daughter’s diabetic condition and took measures to conceal it for five years.
She also failed to provide Emily with appropriate medical treatment and medication, which ultimately led to the teen’s death from diabetic ketoacidosis in November, officials said.
Authorities responded to a 911 call on November 1 and found Emily in the Hampshires’ house not breathing and unresponsive. They determined she was in cardiac arrest and took her to a local hospital. She was later transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, where she died on November 3.
“We can’t fathom in our hearts or our minds why a parent would commit this kind of act to put their child in such great danger, when treatment and support were readily available,” Madison County State Attorney Tom Gibbons said, according to The Telegraph. “The investigation indicates very strongly that the defendant took repeated, substantial steps to conceal the disease from everyone around her.”
Emily’s death came eight months after she was hospitalized for pneumonia and diabetic ketoacidosis in February, KMOV reported.
At the time, she was reportedly prescribed insulin and provided information about diabetes, but she never showed up for her follow up appointments. A search warrant KMOV obtained showed no evidence that the insulin prescription was ever filled.
After Hampshire was charged in her daughter’s death, the Evangelical School, where she worked as a preschool teacher’s aide and where Emily studied, put her on administrative leave, the school said in a statement to KMOV.
Investigators believe Hampshire also kept Emily’s diagnosis from the girl’s father, who was often away for work, according to the St. Louis Dispatch.
“I try to do everything I can to keep my kids healthy and safe,” Gibbons said, according to the Dispatch. “I don’t know what would drive a person against that.”
Hampshire turned herself into police before being formally charged.
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