Medical examiner rules Crandon girl's death a homicide

Published: Jul. 5, 2017 at 3:05 PM CDT
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The Forest/Oneida County medical examiner has determined the death of a 6-year-old Crandon girl, who died in March, was caused by complications from diabetes.

According to our partners at WSAW, Larry Mathein wrote Amber Perry's death is a homicide due to diabetic ketoacidosis, as he stated Perry did not receive proper management for her condition.

According to the report, family was aware Perry had insulin dependent diabetes.

"The severity of the dehydration discovered at autopsy would indicate a long term, chronic, lack of proper management of this decedent's medical condition," Mathein wrote in the report.

"I do not believe "accident" is appropriate due to the obvious chronic presentation of the physical condition of Amber's body", the report reads.

WSAW spoke with a doctor who treats patients with diabetes. He said family should have recognized the signs of diabetic ketoacidosis.

"It messes with your respiration, it messes with your ability to get good blood flow to your body, as you get dehydrated your body automatically reacts," Dr. Larry Gordon said. "Your body will just start slowly shutting down, your circulation, to try and conserve that flow and it's really going to take a toll on your body."

Crandon police responded to the report of an unresponsive child around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7 to the Grant Apartments located at 400 Grant St. in Crandon. Initially, investigators called Perry's death “suspicious”.

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Wisconsin residents may remember another high-profile case involving the death of a child from untreated diabetes. A Wausau-area couple was convicted of reckless homicide for the 2008 death of their 11-year-old daughter. Dale and Leilani Neumann were sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation.

The Neumanns chose to pray for their daughter, Madeline, instead of seeking medical help.