Parents charged with manslaughter after girl, 3, dies of tumour


Parents of a three-year-old girl who died of cancer are facing jail for allegedly not seeking treatment for her malignant brain tumour which had grown to weigh more than seven kilograms.

Henry Clarence Lilly III and Bonnie Beth Mills-Lilly, from Oklahoma, have each been charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection with their daughter’s death, according to local paper The Lawton Constitution.

Authorities were first made aware of the situation on January 3 when the parents placed a call to the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office reporting the girl was unconscious but breathing in the family’s camper home, where six other children were living.

Henry Clarence Lilly III and Bonnie Beth Mills-Lilly, from Oklahoma, have each been charged with first-degree manslaughter after their three-year-old girl died from a brain tumour. Source: Comanche County Sheriff’s Office
Henry Clarence Lilly III and Bonnie Beth Mills-Lilly, from Oklahoma, have each been charged with first-degree manslaughter after their three-year-old girl died from a brain tumour. Source: Comanche County Sheriff’s Office

First responders immediately took the child to the hospital, where she later died.

A medical examiner confirmed she had the oversized tumour at her death, but authorities were baffled about how it could have reached that stage.

Sheriff Kenny Stradley told Newsweek investigations were ongoing as to why the child did not receive treatment for her tumour.

The parents were charged January 7 and made their first court appearance on January 10.

They are each posted a bond of $83,000 and were released but have to wear GPS monitors.

If convicted they face four years’ jail.

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