Oklahoma parents, Henry Clarence Lilly and Bonnie Beth Mills-Lilly charged with murder after declining to seek medical attention for toddler daughter with cancer.
The parens of a 3 year old toddler girl in Oklahoma have been charged with first degree murder after she died with a 17 pound (8kg) tumor.
Henry Clarence Lilly III, 49, and Bonnie Beth Mills-Lilly, 47, were booked after allegedly failing to provide medical care for their three-year-old daughter, The Lawton Constitution reported.
Comanche County sheriff’s deputies were called to a camper home at a lake near Lawton on January 3.
The deputies were told a girl was unconscious but breathing.
The girl later died in hospital and a medical examiner discovered the 17 pound tumor- the result of the child having cancer.
But how long was the three year old living with cancer?
Not immediately clear was the location of the tumor, what type of tumor it was and how long the toddler had been living with it. Also not understood is why the parents declined seeking treatment for their daughter and what options, if any were afforded.
The couple reportedly had another five children living in the camper home. It is not known who is now caring for the other children.
The parents are next scheduled to appear in court on February 28 for a preliminary announcement and March 18 for a preliminary hearing conference.
If convicted, Mills-Lilly and Lilly each would face a minimum of four years in prison.
And then there were these comments on social media that piqued this author. See what you think?
‘Why the hell is she smiling for a mug shot.’
‘Sounds like they probably couldn’t afford the medical care even if they wanted it.’
‘As a parent you do everything in your power to love, protect and care for your child. Lack of funds for medical care is no excuse, there would have been options available to them.’
‘It’s sad and awful and yes it’s neglectful, but its the reality for many Americans to die over being able to afford medical costs, poor little girl deserved better from her parents and her government, nobody had her best interests in mind.’