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Cops: Mom Killed Diabetic Daughter with Candy

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She gave her sweets despite her condition, and now faces life in prison.

Georgia Lee Jones and Chasity Butler

The mother of a 9-year-old diabetic who died as she lay beside a bag of candy and other sweets has been accused of helping cause her death by failing to help the girl manage the disease and giving her high-glucose foods.

Georgia Lee Jones, 27, was arrested Monday after a long investigation. The mother of five faces a felony charge of injury to a child and faces up to life in prison if convicted in the May 2 death of Chasity Butler.

"Chasity's diabetes was not monitored properly causing her to be constantly sick and in bed rather than leading a normal life like other children her age," police documents say.

The death was ruled natural due to diabetic complications by the Dallas County medical examiner, but according to police and state Child Protective Services reports, Jones had failed to properly treat or monitor the disease.

(In December, we told you about another mom who was charged for her diabetic daughter's death for the same reason.)

Police said CPS investigations showed Chasity often had to take readings of her blood glucose levels herself and give herself insulin injections or get help from a younger sister. The investigators said Jones did not adhere to diet rules, often feeding Chasity foods high in glucose like noodles and sweets.

Momlogic pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson says, "Type I diabetes is a chronic and serious illness requiring regular monitoring of the blood glucose levels. Keeping sugar (like those found in sweets and carbohydrates) intake low is not just helpful, it is part of the treatment."

Police say that the day before the girl died, she had stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Then she did not eat that night or the next morning. Authorities say her mother checked her glucose level and found it dangerously high, but still fed her noodles and let her eat cupcakes and candy.

CPS placed Chasity's four younger sisters, ages 2 to 8, with Butler's mother, who with her husband was given permanent custody in December.

Do you think this mom deserves to be charged for her daughter's death?

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33 comments so far | Post a comment now
ThisDude February 6, 2009, 4:51 PM

Holy Sh*t people are killing with candy! What has this world Gone to?

Amy February 6, 2009, 5:39 PM

Absolutely! I have a gluten-intolerant child. I can’t imagine intentionally feeding her something that would make her sick!

Cambie Brown February 6, 2009, 6:06 PM

stupid stupid stupid.

Kara February 6, 2009, 6:35 PM

As the mother of a severely disabled child who is feed through a g-tube I understand the enormous responsibility of caring for a child with an illness that requires constant care and attention. An important question to ask here is whether or not the mother was educated properly on the diet and care her daughter would need? Was there a service coordinator of any type, social worker, CMS… anything like that involved? If so then there should have been someone coming out, checking on the family and making sure the mother had all the information she needed and the the daughter was getting the care she needed. Should she go to jail? That depends. Was it willful? Did she intend for her daughter to die? Was it willful neglect? Did she simply not care? This is a story with a lot of shades of gray and a simple answer is not going to come easy.

Shirley Latoski February 6, 2009, 6:39 PM

I cannot believe the things parents are doing to their kids. Back in the “old days” when I was raised, there was LOVE and CARING, not all the tragic episodes that go on day after day. Why doesn’t the LAW do something to stop all this garbage? Now Soc.Serv. does everything backwards and the poor kids have to suffer!

LaleeLuLu February 6, 2009, 7:11 PM

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that diabetes is a serious disease. The mother could have found information on her dauther’s diabetes if she was truly interested in helping her child. The question in my mind is Why didn’t she rush her daughter to a hospital, or a doctor when she began to get so ill? Why did she feed her sweets knowing she was a diabetic? Having a child with a disease as significant as diabetes is, it’s the responsibility of the parent to learn about that illness and learn how to help their child. Remaining ignorant is not help the situation!

The Meanest Mom February 6, 2009, 7:23 PM

How weird? For a mother to use candies as weapons, watch me! I’d rather be using a frying pan for a weapon, candy is too sweet! F*k you stupid 27 year old mom!

Laura February 6, 2009, 7:28 PM

Just another example as to why people should be tested for parenting skills when they go for a drivers license, if it’s shown that they will be a lousy parent, they should be given birth control shots as they recive their license. And have to renew the license and shots more often, so that innocent children need not suffer at the hands of these stupid people…

Missy February 6, 2009, 7:34 PM

Oh my, yes this mom is guilty of child endangerment. She *had* to know that what she was doing was harming her child in potentially significant ways. All I can say is thank God the other children are out of her care.

nee February 6, 2009, 7:51 PM

She failed to take proper care of the child.If she could’nt or would’nt care for the child .She should give the child to someone to raise.She deserve to be put n jail for a long time. She could have ask for help and got a nurse to come to the house to assist her with the child

Gayle February 6, 2009, 8:00 PM

Giving a child with diabetes a BAG of candy is the same as giving her a loaded gun. And this was after the mother tested her blood sugar and found it to be “dangerously high”. This was a deliberate act, she knew that it would kill her daughter. I agree that people should be given parenting licenses and those that do not pass the test should be put on mandatory birth control.

jordan February 6, 2009, 11:24 PM

She was uneducated and did not know the problem

no way jordan February 7, 2009, 1:50 AM

i am quite sure that if the young child knew to check her glucose and take insulin the doctor told the MOTHER how to care for her. NOt to mention all of the information available at the doctor’s office, online and at the library. She simply did not want to be inconvinienced. CPS should have intervened sooner.

Kara February 7, 2009, 3:29 PM

To the woman that thinks we should force women to use birth control - what the hell are you thinking?? What women? The ones YOU decide are not worthy? WHO decides and what gives them the right?? This is just another slippery slope people.

Meme February 7, 2009, 9:24 PM

This is so tragic, and it sounds so much that the mother was just plain L_A_Z_Y & taking the easy route of giving in to the ease of unhealthy eating habits rather than taking a moment out to do what’s right… It was easier to open a pack of ramen noodles and pop it in the microwave rather than cut up some carrots or make a sandwich. In all likelihood, it sounds like the kids were doing for themselves, probably the girl was finding her own unhealthy snacks. Is it too hard to shop healthier, too much to give the child her medicine? My baby suffers from severe acid reflux. She has to take medication twice DAILY… if she misses a dose, she SUFFERS terribly! I have 3 children, and God knows it’s hard sometimes to even get out of bed, but you do what you have to to make things right for your children.

mary February 7, 2009, 10:31 PM

she absolutely should be charged with the death of her daughter.
sick f***.

brenda February 7, 2009, 11:23 PM

absolutely she should be charged, it isn’t rocket science people i have been doing this for 13 years with my child. and don’t say she didn’t know how to take care of her child, she is taught this in the hospital before the child even goes home, duh. if she was even there at the hospital in the first place.

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Josephine February 8, 2009, 6:03 AM

I don’t think we should comment on whether or not she is guilty unless we have full information. Where were the medics in this situation? Surely her doctor should have noticed the situation? Was the mother aware of the dangers and did she have relevant information? When you say “constantly sick” how often is that - she looks healthy enough in the photo? It can be common for diabetics to be constantly sick anyway as the immune system can be lower and then the blood sugar goes crazy while the body tries to fight off the illness, so was this sickness the fault of the mother? How does she care for her other children? Is it going to help them to have her taken away? So many people don’t realise that mothers who perhaps have not fulfilled their potential as parents are still loved above anyone by their children and that being taken from them can have lasting emotional damage, even effecting adulthood.

I hope this case is judged fairly and that what is best for the rest of the children happens.

Vicky, 17 February 8, 2009, 10:54 AM

I am a seventeen-year-old with Type 1 Diabetes, and I am appalled by this.

I want To comment on Josephine’s comment…

The fact that she had a blood-glucose monitoring system AND prescription insulin is a sure sign that the mother was aware. And as someone else above said, when diagnosed, the doctors instruct you on how to care for your diabetes. A doctor usually checks up on your child’s status every few months. So the mother must of had some pretty evasive methods.

Ummm, and I also doubt the photo was revelant to the time of the girl’s sickness. People with consistently high blood sugar lose a lot of weight, they are constantly weak and urinate a lot.

True, I agree from my own experience that other illness can cause a spike in blood sugar.
Even if you know nothing of diabetes, you know it DOES NOT mix with candy so well.

The mom was neglectful. She deserves to be in jail. Period.

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