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Woman Charged with Ignoring Son's Diabetes

(Michigan City, IN) - A Michigan City woman blamed for her son's diabetic reaction is behind bars.  31-year old Mykia Mitchell is charged in La Porte Superior Court 1 with two counts of level 3 felony child neglect.


According to Michigan City Police, her 15 year old son had gone without insulin for two months prior to him calling 911 about a week prior to Christmas.  The boy, at home at the time, was transferred to a South Bend hospital with a potentially life threatening condition of ketoacidosis, which is brought on by poor management of diabetes. 


Authorities said his mother knew he needed insulin with every meal but didn’t provide it.  Mitchell also allegedly failed to get her son to his scheduled medical appointments or call for help when asked to by her son prior to the boy calling 911. 


If convicted, she could face anywhere from three to 16 years on each count.  Mitchell was being held in the La Porte County Jail on $25,000 bond. 

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