Ethan Okula

Photo of Ethan Okula, a small boy with fair skin. He is wearing a straw trilby, dark-rimmed glasses, and a flannel shirt.Name: Ethan Okula.
Died: February 10, 2016.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, hearing impaired, vision impaired, chronic illness including a bowel condition.

Details:
Ethan was at school when he began to experience severe stomach pain, so the school sent him home to his foster parents, recommending they take him to the hospital. But instead of getting him medical attention, they put him on the couch and left him there until he stopped breathing. When emergency services were finally called, he was dead from an untreated bowel obstruction.

Perpetrator: Denise Alston (Foster mother), pleaded guilty to tampering with public documents, sentenced to 3 years probation; Carol Fletcher (Foster mother), pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, sentenced to 8 months time served and probation.

Source:
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