Mary Katherine ‘Katie’ Horton, 37, and Joey Yozviak, 38, have been charged with murder for the death of their daughter Kaitlyn in the U.S. state of Georgia. The youngest, 12 years old, died last August 26 from a heart attack caused by severe anemia. But the authorities have decided to charge the parents because they see a direct relationship between her death and the child’s lack of hygiene in recent years.

When her family called the emergency services because the girl was unconscious and unresponsive, they found that she had a severe lice infestation. According to the police, it was the mother who called the health services but the investigators maintain that her extreme negligence caused the girl unbearable pain, which eventually killed her. Investigators refused to give any further details at this time, except to say that it was the worst thing they had seen.

Special Agent Ryan Hilton testified that, at the time of her death, Kaitlyn had the “most severe” lice infestation he had ever seen, which may have lasted intermittently for at least three years. He added that he believed that repeated lice bites reduced her blood iron levels, which likely caused the anemia and may have triggered the heart attack.

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