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12-year-old girl dies in severe lice infestation neglected for years

 A 12-year-old Georgia girl have died as an indirect result of lice infestation which was neglected for years. 

Kaitlyn Yozviak, from Wilkinson County in the US state of Georgia, died last month from cardiac arrest, as it's believed cause by a repeated bites from the lice low that lowered her blood iron levels.

Her parents, Mary Katherine “Katie” Horton, and Joey Yozviak have been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree child cruelty. They will face a grand jury.

Her mother told investigators Kaitlyn had not bathed for a week-and-a-half before she died.

The GBI earlier said the girl suffered “excessive physical pain due to medical negligence”, although the autopsy results were not yet complete.

Parents Joey Yozviak and Mary Katherine Horton are accused in the death of their daughter.

Mr Hilton testified at the time of her death, Kaitlyn had “the most severe” lice infestation the GBI’s office had ever seen, and it may have lasted on and off for at least three years.

When agents got to the home and found her body, the inside was filthy and in disrepair with vermin covering the mattress, stuffed animals and other furniture in Kaitlyn's room.  

Neighbors told investigators they hadn't seen Kaitlyn playing around the house for the past two and a half months before her death.

Child services had been called in 2018 to investigate the property after it was reported that the home was "bug-infested, (with) excessive cats, and hazardous conditions," WMAZ reported. At the time, Kaitlyn was taken to her aunt's house but returned to her parents six days later.

The next time the agency heard from the family was after Kaitlyn died.

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