Makayla M. Norman
August 26, 1996 - March 1, 2011
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The abuse related death of Makayla Norman could have been prevented if those in charge of her case were doing more than just collecting a pay check every month and if her mother had been a mother and not a monster. Angela Norman, Makayla's 42 year old mother along with nurses Mollie E. Parsons, Kathryn Williams and Mary K. Kilby ALL failed Makayla by not doing what they were supposed to do, have her best interest at heart.

On March 1, 2011, only a few minutes after she arrived at Children's Medical Center of Dayton, Ohio, Makayla, a 14 year old teenager who had Cerebral Palsy, died. Makayla weighed only 28 pounds at the time of her death:

"We don't get cases like this. She was the worst malnourished child I think I have ever seen"
Ken Betz - Director - Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab And Coroners Office



Makayla didn't leave her home at all and was supposed to be taken care of by her mother, the nurses and those who were assigned to her case. Mollie Parsons and Kathryn Williams who were both registered nurses and were supposed to assessments on the conditions in the home as well as Makayla's physical condition, every 30 to 60 days. Ann Steven's, from the Montgomery County Department Of Job And Family Services said that their office had gone on a visit to the home in September of 2009 after a referral had come in. At the time of their visit, they were supposedly unable to find anything that would justify removing Makayla from the home. Ann Steven's was unable to give any more details because of the ongoing investigation and confidentiality requirements though she did add that her office was cooperating fully with police.

Angela Norman was charged with involuntary manslaughter, which is a first degree felony, as well as endangering children, which is a third degree felony and endangering children, a first degree misdemeanor which was related to another daughter who was 18 years old and was removed from her home after Makayla died.

Mollie E. Parsons, 41 at the time and a Licenses Practical Nurse, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, failing to provide for a functionally impaired person, which is a fourth degree felony and tampering with records which is a misdemeanor.

Kathryn Williams, 42 at the time and Mary K. Kilby 63 at the time, were each charged with failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and failing to report child abuse or neglect, which is a misdemeanor. Kathryn was a registered nurse as well as Mollie's supervisor and was supposed to visit the home at least once a month. Mary was a registered nurse and was the supervisor of Makayla's case and was supposed to visit the home at least every six months.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias H. Heck Jr. said that the home was filthy and vile and that Makayla was covered in bed sores:

"They failed to do anything. All I can say is, this is criminal"

Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General stated that his offices Medicaid Fraud Department was investigating this case at the request of of the Dayton Police, the FBI, the Office Of Inspector General for the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services and the Ohio Board Of Nursing. Mike added:

"What happened to Makayla Norman is absolutely tragic. We will continue to offer any assistance
needed in this case to help bring to justice those responsible for Makayla's death"

Mathias Heck said that Kathryn and Mollie were employed at the Exclusive Home Care Services and that Mary worked for CareStar and these employers contracted through the states Job & Family Services Department. Mary was responsible for making sure Makayla was eligible and that the proper care was given to her following the guidelines of Medicaid. Police said that Mary had visited Makayla's home just five days before she died. Kathryn and Mary were still in possession of their nursing licenses when a check was done though a check showed that Mollie had voluntarily given hers up on August 30th.

Makayla's cause of death was listed as homicide by the Montgomery County Coroners office which said that
she died from nutritional and medical neglect with her chronic condition adding to the complications:

"This victim looked more like a skeleton than a 14 year old girl. Not one of them did anything
about it. If one had, we wouldn't be here today"
Mathias H. Heck Jr.

Mathias said that this was a tragic case where four adults who were supposed to take care of a child with special needs ignored her and failed to take care of her:

"The conduct of these four defendants transcends all bounds of human decency"

Mathias added that Makayla would still be alive if just one of these women had done the right thing and acted in a responsible way.

Ken Betz, Director of the Coroner's Office said:

"She was the worst malnourished child this office has ever seen"

UPDATE: April 28, 2012

On April 6, 2012, Angela Norman, who was 42 years old at the time, was in court appearing before the Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge, Mary Katherine Huffman and Deputy Clerk, Leo Butler stated that she had plead guilty to first degree felony involuntary manslaughter as well as charges of a single misdemeanor and felony counts of endangering children. Angela's sentencing hearing was set for April 24, 2012.

In May of 2012, Makayla's father, Claude, filed a lawsuit against Angela, the three nurses, Exclusive Home Health Care Of Dayton and Care Star of Ohio. Shortly after the Dayton Daily News had published the findings of an investigation into the death of Makayla's death, the state Department of Jobs & Family Services canceled all of Exclusives agreements which provided Medicaid funded care to their patients. Care Star's contract was also not extended.

Also in court on April 19, 2012, was Mollie E. Parsons. The trial ended in a mistrial before it even started because a man who was trying to get out of being on the jury, kept causing trouble by doing things such as jumping over the railing and shouting out comments about the guilt of Mollie which it was thought were heard by other people who might have been chosen for the jury.

Juror number 15 was confronted by Mary Katherine Huffman:

"You were doing nothing more than engaging in a juvenile effort to get out of service.
We're going to have to start all over again"

Thank you to Carrie who sent me this update and allowed me to see the face of this beautiful Angel.

UPDATE:

Today is June 13, 2014 and while searching for updates on Makayla's story, I found this information:

Disgustingly, Angela would only have to serve nine years in prison for what she did to Makayla.

In November of 2012, right before she was to go to trial again, Mollie, who was facing as little as three years in prison for her part in the death of Makayla, plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to ten years, surprisingly, this was not part of a plea deal.

Death Occurred in the state of Ohio

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