After Neglected 7-Year-Old Lived Only on French Fries, Parents Are Charged in Her Death

Forty-four-year-old Aremo Akinloba and 46-year-old Anna Akinloba of Jacksonville, Florida, have officially been charged in the 2018 death of their daughter 7-year-old daughter, Omera.

A Naval Criminal Investigative Service warrant for their arrest states that the parents didn’t provide adequate medical care for their daughter in the five years before her death.

The girl had a rash all over her body before she died and survived on a diet of only french fries, the Florida Times-Union reported. Omera’s parents kept her home from school April 1, 2018, because she felt sick. The Florida Department of Children and Families confirmed that on the day she fell ill, her diet was very limited.

Her mother later told authorities that her daughter ate “very little” that day too.

But otherwise, she was “acting normally.” Ten days later, on April 11, she was lethargic and had no appetite. That same day, Omera vomited before a family outing to the zoo.

Her parents put her in bed, but she refused to eat anything.

They monitored her as she slept until about 9 p.m. when they went to bed themselves. At midnight, they were woken up by sounds of Omera gagging. The 7-year-old threw up again.

By 5 a.m. the next day, Omera’s breathing became labored.

Soon, she stopped responding when her parents spoke to her. The parents decided to forgo calling 911 and drove her to the hospital at Naval Air Station Jacksonville instead because they thought it would be faster.

At the hospital, Omera was “not breathing and dehydrated” a NCIS warrant obtained by the Florida Times-Union stated. She was also described as “unresponsive, pulseless.”

At 7:34 a.m. April 12, the girl was officially declared dead from sepsis.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office conducted a criminal investigation and found no evidence to “suggest abuse or neglect in the home” and the medical examiner’s autopsy determined that her death was due to “multi-organism bacterial sepsis.”

But the opinion of the First Coast Child Protection Team, however, differed. They reviewed Omera’s file and concluded there was evidence of neglect.

According to her file, Omera’s parents stopped vaccinating her after 17 months.

After that, they said she had a “change in behavior” and “believed it was due to the vaccinations,” the NCIS report noted. The parents also self-diagnosed her with autism but never sought out a medical professional to confirm the diagnosis or treat her.

They also diagnosed their daughter with eczema and used over the counter products to treat it. A post-mortem revealed the girl had pellagra, which the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology describes as “a systemic disease that results from severe vitamin B3 (Niacin) deficiency.”

The warrant for the parents’ arrest states that Omera’s diet severely changed when she turned 4.

Instead of eating a nutrient-rich diet with a wide variety of foods, she mostly ate french fries, the Florida Times-Union reported. She was also homeschooled, although no records could be found of Omera being enrolled in a state-approved homeschool program.

GoFundMe page that has since been closed raised more than $10,000 for her medical bills.

Since her death, both of her parents have been arrested. They are both charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and are being held on $150,000 bail each. The couple will be arraigned March 3.