A WOMAN has been charged in connection with the death of her teen daughter after she refused to tell anybody the girl had diabetes.
Amber L. Hampshire, 39, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life and health of a child on Thursday after her daughter died of “totally treatable” diabetes.
Her 14 year-old daughter Emily Ikue-Rose Hampshire died on November 3 from diabetic ketoacidosis at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in Illinois.
Amber’s charges allege that she committed acts which were likely to cause death or great bodily harm.
Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons told DailyMail.com: “There is substantial evidence to show she intentionally concealed the disease.”
Gibbons later stated that the teen’s disease was “completely treatable” and described the case as “heartbreaking”.
According to an affidavit in support of a search warrant, police were alerted about Emily’s unresponsiveness on November 1 at her home.
Gibbons added: “We have no reason to believe this was a cost or income issue in any way based on the information we have about the family.
“We're all really trying to wrap our heads around why this would happen.”
Gibbons said in a statement: “Further investigation indicates that her mother, Amber Hampshire was fully aware of Emily’s diabetic condition but took measures to conceal Emily’s diabetes.
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“She failed to provide Emily with appropriate medical treatment and medication, which led to Emily’s death from diabetic ketoacidosis.”
Amber Hampshire was charged with both felonies and her bond was set at $100,000.
If convicted, the maximum penalty for involuntary manslaughter is three to 14 years in prison and for endangering the life of a minor it is two to 10 years in prison.
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