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