Cleveland authorities said a Ohio mother stands accused of intentionally overdosing her 6-year-old daughter with insulin. Twenty-two-year-old Deva Young has been charged with felonious assault and third-degree felony child endangerment. Young was arrested on April 7. She remains in the Cleveland jail. Her bond has been set at $15,000, reports NBC4.
On March 12, social workers at University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital contacted police that they were treating a 6-year-old girl with excess amounts of insulin in her body. The levels ranged between 12 and 77 times the necessary amount. Hospital officials state that the insulin in the girl’s body was synthetic and not created through the body’s natural processes.
Doctors at the University Hospital told authorities that the “extremely high” levels of insulin indicated that someone had intentionally given the child far too much insulin5. Health officials said those levels of insulin6 could cause the child to have seizures, slip into a diabetic coma, or die. The girl’s parents had been shown how to properly dose their daughter’s insulin7, reports Cleveland.com.
University Hospital officials also state that on March 3 the little girl was brought to a different hospital with high doses of insulin9 in her system. Cleveland authorities are working with Warren police on this child abuse case.
Sandra Stabile, a Trumbull County judge gave custody of the 6-year-old along with her 3-year-old sister to Young’s ex-husband Thomas Young. Both children are Young’s biological daughters. Custody was given to the father on March 29 after the judge ruled the 6-year-old would be at risk if she remained with her mother, reports U.S. News.
The girl’s father divorced Deva Young in 2016. In a court affidavit, he wrote that his daughter had been previously hospitalized for a “similar incident.” The ex-husband told social workers at Akron Children’s Hospital that he became suspicious when his ex-wife took his daughter to a different hospital.
On March 10, the 6-year-old was taken to University Hospital with low blood sugar. Doctors stabilized her blood sugar but it later spiked which led to the hospital taking more blood samples. Later in the day, the ex-husband was granted temporary custody because it appeared that the mother had lied to doctors about the amount if insulin10 she had given her daughter.
Young’s case will be presented to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury directly. Her initial appearance is scheduled for Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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