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3-year-old Oklahoma girl dies of cancer, parents charged

LAWTON, Okla. — The parents of a 3-year-old Oklahoma girl who died from cancer after a tumor grew to be 17 pounds (8 kilograms) have been charged with first-degree manslaughter.

The Lawton Constitution reports that records show 49-year-old Henry Clarence Lilly III and 42-year-old Bonnie Beth Mills-Lilly made their initial court appearances Thursday in Lawton. Records show each are charged with first-degree manslaughter, accused of not providing medical care.

Comanche County sheriff’s deputies on Jan. 3 were called to a camper near a lake near Lawton about an unconscious child. The girl was taken to a hospital where she died.

The state medical examiner found the child had cancer. Sheriff Kenny Stradley said the child had a 17-pound tumor.

A publicly listed phone number for the parents could not be found.

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