Selfish WV Mother Kills her ill 3 yea...

Selfish WV Mother Kills her ill 3 year old daughter

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Andre Linoge

Beckley, WV

#1 Jan 17, 2011
Newsdate 1-17-11

A Putnam County woman accused of refusing to provide medical care for her chronically ill 3-year-old daughter has been charged with neglect resulting in the child's Dec. 29 death.

Tracy Lynn Schaible Wright, 28, of Hurricane was arrested Thursday at her Seville Circle apartment.

Her daughter, Ashley Faith Wright, had cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, causing the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that can clog the lungs and lead to infection, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A criminal complaint filed in the case indicates that while the woman often failed to fill life-saving prescriptions for her ill daughter, or to give her the medications when they were filled, the mother received numerous prescriptions from several doctors in 2010 and filled them all.

Paramedics were dispatched to an apartment in Poca on Dec. 29 after Ashley was found unresponsive. The paramedics attempted to revive the girl, but she was pronounced dead at Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, according to a complaint filed in Putnam Magistrate Court.

An autopsy performed at the state Medical Examiner's Office determined that fluid had built up in the girl's lungs. The medical examiner notified Detective R.S. Johnson at the Putnam Sheriff's Department and requested further investigation.

Johnson, who was not available for comment Thursday, looked through the child's records on file with the state Department of Health and Human Resources and Child Protective Services and found that CPS had received no fewer than 12 referrals, or allegations, for Ashley between June 2008 and December 2010 regarding her care and treatment.

Johnson spoke to Dr. Raheel Khan, who had been treating the girl's cystic fibrosis.

Khan told detectives Monday that Ashley should have been seen in his office every three months but of her 12 appointments seven were cancelled or missed when the girl was not brought to the office, the complaint said.

The doctor told detectives he personally called Tracy Wright in August 2009 to express his concerns regarding Ashley's medical care.

Khan sent a letter to DHHR expressing his concern about the girl's missed appointments in September 2010. The doctor wrote that Ashley had been diagnosed in early infancy and there always had been problems with compliance with recommended treatment plans.

The doctor's letter stated that cystic fibrosis was a progressive illness and without proper care could shorten the patient's life span. He told detectives people with cystic fibrosis have a life expectancy into their mid-30s with proper care and treatment.

The doctor said her weight loss and the buildup of fluid found in her lungs during the autopsy were indications she was not getting the proper medications. He said he had prescribed medications for the girl but also gave her mother samples of the drugs.

Ashley was supposed to return to Khan's office Dec. 15 but did not. She died two weeks later.

Child Protective Service workers left a message for Tracy Wright on Jan. 13, 2010 reminding her to make an appointment for her daughter at the cystic fibrosis clinic. The worker called back the same day and found the mother had not made the appointment.

Wright told a child services worker in February she had not been making appointments for Ashley. An appointment with Khan was set up for Feb. 17 and the girl did attend.

At the appointment Tracy Wright told the doctor she had been giving her child the appropriate medicine, but when Khan contacted the child's pharmacy, he was told no medications had been picked up for the girl in the last six or seven months.

Child Protective Services workers found on April 20 that the mother still had not gotten the child's medication. Nine days later, child services was informed the girl still was without medication but the mother had "no problem taking herself to the doctor," according to the complaint.

Prestonsburg, KY

#2 Jan 17, 2011
do u work or do you sit at home all day looking for these kind of things.

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