On Friday, Angela Norman, 42, appeared in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court before Judge Mary Katherine Huffman. Norman entered pleas of guilty to two felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and endangering children in the death of her daughter. She also pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of endangering children in relation to another daughter.
Makayla Norman died on March 1, 2011. Norman was arrested on Nov. 16, 2011 after being indicted with three other women. The other three, two of whom were registered nurses, were all responsible for the care of the severely disabled Makayla.
The guilty pleas came less than two weeks before the four defendants were scheduled to go to trial.
As reported by the Dayton Daily News
, on the day she died, the 14-year-old weighed 28 pounds. She was covered in lice, bedsores, and her skin was caked in dirt. At a hearing in an unsuccessful attempt to lower Norman's $250,000 bail, evidence was adduced that one of the defendants, Molly E. Parsons, a licensed nurse, wrote in her notes before she left on the day Makayla died, that the girl was in good health. Ten minutes after she left, Norman called 911 and reported her daughter was not breathing.
Makayla was rushed to Dayton's Children's Medical Center where she was pronounced dead minutes after arrival.
At the hearing to have the bail lowered, Det. Rebecca Rose, with Dayton's homicide squad, told Judge Huffman,
She was a skeleton with skin draped over it. It was horrific.
The detective also testified,
Makayla was totally dependent on her caregivers. When she died, she was half her previously recorded body weight.
All she was given was five or six cans of Ensure a day; fed to her through a feeding tube.
Dayton police found Norman's home in deplorable condition. Dead bugs and fecal material were found throughout as well as piles of dirty dishes and garbage. Makayla's sister was removed from the home.
Ken Betz, of the Miami Valley Coroner's Office, was quoted in the Dayton Daily News
We don't get cases like this. She was the worst malnourished child I think we've ever seen.
As reported by WHIO TV
, Norman's attorney tried to enter into a plea bargain but prosecutors refused. Norman is due back in court on April 24 for sentencing.