CLEVELAND (WKBN/AP) – A young mother from Warren is facing a felony child endangerment charge in Cuyahoga County after police there said she gave her diabetic daughter too much insulin.
Police suspect 22-year-old Deva Young intentionally caused an insulin overdose for her 6-year-old daughter.
“The insulin levels were so high in the child’s bloodstream that it had to be done intentionally, that that kind of extreme overdose like that couldn’t happen by accident,” said Cleveland Police Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia.
According to an affidavit filed in Trumbull County Family Court, Young brought the girl to a Cleveland hospital in March for hypoglycemia — low blood sugar. Hospital staff was able to bring her blood sugar levels back to normal when the child dropped back into a hypoglycemic state.
Police said hospital staff believe Young was responsible.
“When they make a report that parents are not following doctor’s orders to the point of where it could seriously endanger a child, that’s a really big red flag,” said Tim Schaffner, with the Trumbull County Children Services.
Investigators found out this wasn’t the first time.
“We do have other information from the social worker, stating that the mother, Ms. Young, has taken the daughter to Akron Children’s Hospital as early as last March 3 in the same circumstances,” Ciaccia said.
Young’s ex-husband said in a court affidavit that their daughter previously was hospitalized for similar incidents.
That affidavit was filed as he sought custody of their two children in Trumbull County. A judge granted his request.
Young appeared in a Cuyahoga County courtroom Friday morning and remains in the jail there on $50,000 bond.
Her case will be presented directly to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.