Mother arrested after 4-year-old daughter nearly dies from head lice
A woman from Indiana, United Stated was arrested and charged for neglect after her four-year-old child nearly died from a severe head lice infestation, and her six-year-old daughter with the same condition missed classes for a month.
Shyanne Singh, 26, was arrested by police after they received a call about the four-year-old’s condition on April 20, as per court documents obtained by Fox News affiliate WDRB on May 5. The names of the children were withheld.
The younger daughter was reportedly unable to walk, needed four blood transfusions and was declared “near fatality” by the hospital. Police added that the child’s blood had very low hemoglobin levels, with only 1.7 hemoglobin instead of the normal 12.
Her sister was also infested by the head lice and got tested for any other illness. Police did not disclose further information about the children’s physical condition.
Investigators noted that the older child was sent home by a school nurse who determined she had head lice in early March. But the girl did not return to school and ended up having 31 days of unexcused absences, as per court documents.
The children were placed under the care of their maternal grandparents by April, CBS affiliate WLKY reported on May 6. The grandmother said that she tried to get rid of the children’s lice but a pharmacist instructed her to bring them to a hospital instead.
When the grandmother confronted Singh, she said that she “did not notice” her children’s condition and was “in a fog,” as per report. Singh will face three counts of neglect of a dependent. She is being held at a local detention center. Dana Cruz/JB