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2 Ohio nurses get probation in malnutrition death

CINCINNATI — Two nurses were sentenced to probation Wednesday in the malnutrition death of a 14-year-old girl who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died, avoiding a sentence of up to 1½ years in prison.

Mary Kilby of Miamisburg and Kathryn Williams of Englewood were sentenced to up to five years’ probation in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in Dayton stemming from the March 1, 2011, death of Makayla Norman.

Authorities say the teen had numerous bed sores and was living in filthy conditions when she died from nutritional and medical neglect complicated by cerebral palsy in what a coroner said at the time was the ‘‘worst malnourished child’’ his office had ever seen.

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Kilby, 64, and Williams, 43, had pleaded no contest to charges of failing to provide for a functionally impaired child and could have faced up to 18 months in prison at their sentencing.

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As part of Wednesday’s sentence, both women had to agree to surrender their nursing licenses and will no longer be allowed to practice in Ohio.

They both still face misdemeanor charges in a juvenile court that could carry prison time and have a status conference scheduled for Monday. The trial in that court has not yet been scheduled.

The nurses’ lawyers said that they had much less significant roles in Makayla’s death than the teen’s mother and another nurse.

Her mother, Angela Norman of Dayton, was sentenced to nine years in prison stemming from the death. The other nurse, Mollie Parsons, is set for trial Nov. 5.

Associated Press