Nurse Gets 10 Years In Ohio Malnutrition Death

By Amir Khan on November 7, 2012 9:24 AM EST

The verdict is in, and the Ohio nurse gets 10 years in the malnutrition death after she pled guilty to the malnutrition death of a teen with cerebral palsy. The teen, who Mollie Parsons was tasked with taking care of, weighed only 28 pounds when she died.

Mollie Parsons had been set to start trial Wednesday, but instead, she pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, failing to provide for a functionally impaired child and tampering with medical records. Prosecutors said it was Parsons job to care for the 14-year-old, but failed to do so, which resulted in the teen dying of malnutrition and the nurse getting 10 years.

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"She basically starved to death," Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck told the Associated Press.
"[Parsons] had a duty, a responsibility, an oath that she took as a nurse to care for people, and in this particular case, this is one of the most dependent victims she would ever come in contact with in her entire life, and she simply failed to do anything."

Parsons was supposed to supervise the teen, visit regularly and inspect her living situation, but failed to do so. The nurse getting 10 years is the maximum sentence possible. The minimum she could have received was 3 years.

'It's one of these cases that cries out for justice,'' Heck said.

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