California couple convicted of second-degree murder in diabetic daughter’s deathBy AP
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Calif. parents convicted in diabetic girl’s death
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The parents of a Southern California girl who slipped into a diabetic coma and died have been convicted of second-degree murder.
Gregory and Yvonne Latham also were each found guilty Wednesday of felony willful child endangerment.
Seventeen-year-old Nanette Latham was found unresponsive in the family’s squalid mobile home in Cabazon in 2006.
A prosecutor said the girl spent the last four days of her life starving and in a mental fog, wearing a wet diaper, because her parents didn’t call paramedics. They finally called 911 after she stopped breathing.
Defense attorneys argued that the girl’s parents tried their best to care for her and thought she had the flu.
Each faces 15 years to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April 30.