Alton mom sentenced in diabetes-related loss of life of teenage daughter | Information Headlines


ALTON, Illinois ( – A Madison County, Illinois mother who pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the death of her daughter related to diabetes was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Amber Hampshire pleaded guilty in October 2018 when her 14-year-old daughter Emily died. She was sentenced on Tuesday afternoon.

Alton's mother pleads guilty to her daughter's death in connection with diabetes

A Madison County mother accused of hiding her daughter’s health that led to her death in 2018 has pleaded guilty.

“A parent’s first responsibility is to make sure their children are safe and looked after. In this case, a mother’s negligence resulted in the tragic and completely preventable death of her daughter,” he said Madison County Attorney Tom Said Haine. “No judgment can reverse the outcome of this deadly negligence, but justice has been served with today’s condemnation.”

The teenager was diagnosed with diabetes in 2013 and previously suffered from serious medical complications from diabetic ketoacidosis. The elderly Hampshire reportedly knew of the diabetic condition and took steps to hide it. She also failed to provide her daughter with adequate medical treatment and medication, which officially resulted in the teen’s death from diabetic ketoacidosis.

Police were called to a house on Brentwood Boulevard in Alton on November 1, 2018 and found that Hampshire was unresponsive and was not breathing. Emergency teams discovered that the teen was in cardiac arrest. She was rushed to hospital and flown to a St. Louis hospital, where she died on November 3, 2018.

Emily Hampshire

Emily Hampsire

The search warrant received by News 4 states that the teen was hospitalized or suffered from pneumonia and diabetic ketoacidosis in February 2018. She was reportedly prescribed insulin as routine medicine after she was released, and received additional information about diabetes, insulin, and dietary needs. Three follow-up appointments were also planned, but the 14-year-old never showed up.

Amber Hampshire

According to the search warrant, there was no evidence that the insulin prescription was ever filled. There is also allegedly no evidence that the girl consulted a doctor regarding a diagnosis of diabetes after she was hospitalized earlier this year.

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