Nurse sentenced for role in death of malnourished teen

Makayla Norman died of malnutrition in 2011.
Makayla Norman died of malnutrition in 2011. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A nurse involved in the malnutrition death of a Dayton teenager was sentenced Wednesday for her role in the girl’s death.

Kathryn Williams was ordered to serve 30 days in jail and must perform 160 hours of community service, half of which must be spent working in a facility that cares for children, and at the request of prosecutors, the other half half picking up trash.

“We weren’t saying that to be cheeky or to be mean, but the reality is, that’s exactly how Makayla Norman was treated, like a piece of trash,” said Tracey Ballard Tangeman, Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor.

Williams must also must pay a $250 fine. The maximum jail time she faced was six months.

Williams is one of three nurses who cared for Makayla Norman, 14. Norman suffered from cerebral palsy. She weighed only 28 pounds at the time of her death in 2011.

Williams was found guilty of failure to report child abuse in juvenile court. Mary Kilby also faces the same charge.

Both women are already on probation from convictions in common pleas court.

The juvenile court charge was initially thrown out of juvenile court after a judge ruled it double jeopardy. The court of Appeals recently overturned that decision.

The lead nurse, Mollie Parsons, and the girl’s mother, Angela, are serving prison time for Makayla’s death.

All of the nurses also surrendered their licenses. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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