Parents Charged With Manslaughter After Autopsy of Toddler Reveals Untreated 17-Pound Tumor

manslaughterParents of a 3-year-old girl who died earlier this year are being charged with manslaughter after an autopsy showed that their daughter died from an aggressive cancer that had produced a 17-pound tumor.

Henry Clarence Lilly III, 49, and Bonnie Beth Mills-Lilly, 42, are accused of not providing medical care for the child, who was one of 7 other children living in their camper vehicle/home.

The Comanche County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma reportedly started investigating the couple after they received a call that the 3-year-old was unconscious but still breathing on January 3rd, 2019. The toddler was taken to the hospital where she later died.

According to a police affidavit authorities noted “severe signs” of malnutrition and potential abuse.” After being taken in for an autopsy, it was discovered that the young girl had long suffered from cancer and had a 17-pound tumor in her stomach.

The six other children were taken into custody by social services and are currently allowed to visit their parents, who are being held on a $60,000 bond.  

Each of the parents faces up to 4 years in prison if convicted.