August 26, 1996
March 1, 2011
A Grave Memorial
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.
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:
don't get cases like this. She was the worst malnourished child I think
I have ever seen"
Betz - Director - Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab And Coroners Office
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"
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
needed in this case to
help bring to justice those responsible for
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
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
"The conduct of these
four defendants transcends all bounds of human decency"
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"
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:
were doing nothing more than engaging in a juvenile effort to get out
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
Today is June 13, 2014 and while searching for updates on Makayla's
story, I found this information:
would only have to serve nine years in prison for what she did to
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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