Ohio Mother Jailed for Daughter’s Death Caused by Untreated Diabetes and Soda Diet

Ohio Mother Jailed for Daughter's Death Caused by Untreated Diabetes and Soda Diet
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A heart­less Ohio moth­er, Tama­ra Banks (41), was sen­tenced to up to 13.5 years in prison for invol­un­tary manslaugh­ter in the death of her daugh­ter, Kar­mi­ty Hoeb (4).

Kar­mi­ty trag­i­cal­ly passed away in Jan­u­ary 2022 from com­pli­ca­tions relat­ed to untreat­ed type‑1 dia­betes. Pros­e­cu­tors described the case as “one of the most trag­ic” they’d encountered.

Horrific Neglect Leads to Child’s Death

Kar­mi­ty’s short life was marked by severe neglect. Despite show­ing signs of ill­ness, she was denied prop­er nutri­tion and med­ical care. An inves­ti­ga­tion revealed Kar­mi­ty’s teeth were severe­ly dam­aged due to a con­stant diet of Moun­tain Dew admin­is­tered through a baby bottle.

A sin­gle can of Moun­tain Dew con­tains near­ly 50 grams of sug­ar, far exceed­ing healthy lim­its for a young child.

Parents Prioritized Themselves Over Child’s Needs

Dis­turbing­ly, evi­dence showed Banks pri­or­i­tized her own health needs over her daugh­ter’s. She refilled pre­scrip­tions and sched­uled doc­tor vis­its for her­self while ignor­ing Kar­mi­ty’s dete­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion. This pat­tern of neglect extend­ed to oth­er chil­dren in the household. 

One son, also suf­fer­ing from undi­ag­nosed dia­betes, fell into a coma. Despite his recov­ery, Banks failed to take him for fol­low-up appointments.

Both Parents Held Accountable

Kar­mi­ty’s father, Christo­pher Hoeb (53), also plead­ed guilty to invol­un­tary manslaugh­ter and awaits sen­tenc­ing in June 2024. Pros­e­cu­tors con­demned both par­ents for fail­ing to pro­vide basic med­ical care, high­light­ing that Kar­mi­ty’s death was entire­ly preventable.

A Heartbreaking Deception

Adding anoth­er lay­er of tragedy, Kar­mi­ty’s online obit­u­ary, writ­ten by Banks and Hoeb, por­trays a hap­py child­hood filled with love. This facade stands in stark con­trast to the doc­u­ment­ed abuse and neglect.

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