Mother pleads guilty in Ohio malnutrition death

LISA CORNWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The mother of a 14-year-old girl who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died last year pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges Friday in southwest Ohio.

Angela Norman, 42, of Dayton, entered the pleas in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in Dayton north of Cincinnati, court officials said.

Norman pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony count of involuntary manslaughter and to single misdemeanor and felony counts of endangering children.

Norman's daughter, Makayla Norman, had numerous bed sores and showed other signs of neglect when she died on March 1, 2011, according to authorities. Angela Norman was indicted on the three counts last November. Three nurses who either administered or monitored the girl's care also were charged.

The county coroner's office attributed the teen's death to nutritional and medical neglect complicated by her chronic condition. "She was the worst malnourished child this office has ever seen," said Ken Betz, director of the coroner's office.

Norman remained in jail Friday with bail set at $250,000. Her attorney did not immediately a call to his office.

Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a statement Friday that Angela Norman did not provide sufficient food or proper care for the child, resulting in her death.

The two felony counts were related to Makayla Norman's death. The misdemeanor count of endangering children involved another daughter, the prosecutor said.

An agreement has not yet been reached on a specific sentence for Norman. Sentencing is set for April 24.