Lice infestation linked to girl’s death; parents charged

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The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) is a parasite Live on the body, person or animal and live by sucking blood into food. (Source: Premium Getty Images for WFLA USE ONLY)

IVEY, Ga. (AP) —Investigators say a 12-year-old girl may have died as an indirect result of a severe lice infestation that may have gone on for years.

The details on the death of Kaitlyn Yozviak were discussed during a preliminary hearing Monday.

A Wilkinson County judge ruled there is enough evidence for second-degree murder charges against parents Mary Katherine “Katie” Horton and Joey Yozviak to go forward to a grand jury.

Authorities say medical records show Kaitlyn died from cardiac arrest with a secondary cause being severe anemia.

Hilton says repeated bites from the lice lowered the girl’s blood iron levels, possibly causing anemia and triggering the cardiac attack.

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