Bedridden girl starves to death while nurse shops

By James Quiggle
January 17, 2017
Uncaring caregiver bilks Medicaid while letting teen waste away

imageMakayla Norman was a lovely teenager with sparkly brown eyes.

The Dayton, Ohio 14-year-old had cerebral palsy. Bedridden, she couldn’t move or talk. Makayla depended on her trained homecare nurse for even the smallest details of bathing and eating.

Yet Makayla starved to death, a 28-pound skeleton. She had open bedsores and her diaper wasn’t changed. Her hair was infested with lice.

Medicaid paid Mollie Parsons to care for Makayla six days a week, eight hours a day. Parsons was a no-show while stealing thousands of Medicaid dollars, helping Makayla just three or four times a month. Sometimes Parsons didn’t even go inside. She honked the car horn so Makayla’s mother would come out and join her in shopping trips.

All the while, Parsons forged Medicaid reports saying Makayla was healthy. Parsons lied. She was on duty and caring for Makayla, her ongoing reports cheerfully noted.

“She was the worst malnourished child I think we’ve ever seen,” said Ken Betz, head of the coroner’s office. In fact Makayla was in good health and well-fed when Parsons left at 10 p.m., the nurse wrote in a fake report that fatal evening.

Makayla’s mother called 911 just two minutes later. Makayla was having a hard time breathing. She was rushed to the hospital. It was too late, and Makayla quickly died.

Makayla “was a skeleton with skin draped over it. It was horrific,” a homicide detective said at Parsons’ trial.

Parsons received 10 years in Ohio state prison, and will serve up to five more years in federal prison afterward.

“She was the worst malnourished child I think we’ve ever seen,” said Ken Betz, head of the coroner’s office.


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