Parents are charged with murder of their 5-year-old daughter, who weighed just seven pounds at the time of death.
A Georgia couple is facing murder charges after their malnourished 5-year-old daughter died, weighing no more than a newborn baby.
Hall County police arrested Jerrail Mickens, 31, and Porscha Mickens, 29, and charged them with felony murder and first-degree cruelty to children.
The case began after medical officers at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton contacted cops about the couple's daughter, Kylie Mickens.
The couple had brought the child to the hospital for treatment.
Since the child was unresponsive and weighed about 7lbs, medics sent her to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Also, due to the child's condition and weight, cops notified the Hall County Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS).
Kylie died one day later.
Autopsy results revealed that the child died as a result of 'dehydration and malnutrition due to medical neglect.'
The report also listed Kylie's death as 'homicide,' according to the sheriff's office.
But, Corrine Mull, the parent's attorney, said the 5-year-old suffered from 1p36 deletion syndrome, a rare chromosome disorder.
According to the National Institute of Health, the disease has a number of complications, including 'swallowing difficulties.'
Speaking to 11Alive, Mull said doctors didn't expect the girl to live past 3 years old.
So they kept (Kylie) alive two years longer than her expected life span.
She has a hard time eating,
Mull also explained Kylie could only take liquefied meals. The child even had a 'hard time swallowing water.'
The attorney continued to say that there were 'no reports of neglect' at the Mickens' home involving their two other children.
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services also supported Mull's claims.
The agency wrote in its report:
Kylie was the middle child with one older school-age sibling and an infant sibling.
There have been no reports regarding either of those children from the school or medical personnel.
The report, however, described complaints about the parents from years back.
There are two previous cases on the family… regarding the same allegations of neglect of maltreatment.
Mull disputed this claim, saying the caregiver in question is Kylie's mother.
DFACS is wrong as usual.
This comes from the fact that she didn't cry. But she did cry.
Everybody grieves differently. And some people don't grieve in public, they don't wail and scream.
Mull then filed a motion requesting a bond for the couple, which the court granted.
She also said the Mickens extended family members were to have a separate hearing as they seek custody of the couple's two other kids.