30-year-old Porscha Mickens was facing jail time in the death of her 5-year-old daughter Kylie Mickens. According to reports the 5-year-old passed away due to dehydration and malnutrition. A result of medical neglect.
The mother also business owner was accused of starving her daughter. Porscha Mickens received 20 years of probation on Tuesday, after she accepted a plea deal on second-degree murder and child cruelty charges, per WSB-TV.
As details unraveled, the deceased father of the child was brough up in the case.
The father, Jerrail Maurice Mickens passed away in 2021 due to a motorcycle accident.
Jerrail Mickens served time in jail four months after their daughter passed away. The arrest took place in October of 2020. Kylie weighed in at only 7 lbs and passed away at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite Hospital.
Prosecutors initially wanted the mother to serve 25 years in prison. However, the child’s situation may have been the reason Mickens received probation instead.
Kylie’s death due to dehydration may have been in part by 1p36 deletion syndrome, a rare chromosome disorder with several complications “swallowing difficulties,” according to the National Institute of Health.
According to reports, “She has a hard time eating,” Corinne Mull, their attorney, said. “Everything has got to be liquefied into an oatmeal-like consistency. Has a hard time swallowing water – that has to be in the food.”
Kylie’s death still outlived her life expectancy. Physicians stated that the 5 year old expected to live until the age of 3. However, her parents tending to her retained her life two more years.
Although the state tried to prove neglect in the home, the parents showed routinely checks with physicians. 15 specialists tended to their daughter.
Mickens is the mother of two more children. Mickens took the 20-year probation. She resides in her home. She is also raising two more healthy children.
Mickens immediately joined a prayer group after the trial ended. Her mother spoke out saying, my daughter Porscha Mickens not guilty.