A couple from Jacksonville, Florida, has been arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter after neglecting their 7-year-old daughter, which led to her death in 2018.
Aremo and Anna Akinloba, 44 and 46 years old, are each being held on a $150,000 bail.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service issued a warrant for the couple’s arrest after an investigation found that for five years, they allegedly fed their daughter, Omera, a diet of only french fries.
To make matters worse, they did not provide her with any medical care, which led to a “rash all over her body.”
In addition, the warrant alleges how Omera was never diagnosed by a doctor for her rash and that the couple stopped vaccinating her when she was 2 years old. Investigators said Omera also suffered from malnutrition.
Omera died of sepsis on April 12, 2018, according to a report from the Florida Department of Children and Family Services.
And at round 5 a.m. on April 12, Omera became unresponsive after being sick for several days.
Her parents drove her to the hospital at Naval Air Station-Jacksonville but did not call 911 because they claimed they could get her there faster.
Omera was then pronounced dead at 7:34 a.m., “despite lifesaving efforts by the staff,” the DCF report reads.
And while the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office did conduct a death investigation, they found “no evidence to suggest abuse or neglect in the home.”
The hospital’s child protection team reviewed Omera’s medical files and concluded that there was medical and nutritional neglect but after a further investigation from DCF — the abuse case was closed with “no indicators of death and not substantiated indicators of medical neglect.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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