Kaitlyn Yozviak, a 12-year-old girl, tragically lost her life due to a fatal heart attack and anemia exacerbated by a severe and persistent lice infestation she endured for three years. This heartbreaking incident has resulted in the arrest of her parents on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree child cruelty.
Mary Katherine “Katie” Horton, 37, the mother, and Joey Yozviak, 38, the father, are facing serious legal consequences as a result of the Georgia Bureau’s intensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding Kaitlyn’s untimely demise.
During the investigation, it was shockingly revealed that Kaitlyn had one of the most extensive lice infestations ever documented by the authorities at the time of her death. This infestation, which had persisted for three years, severely depleted her blood iron levels and ultimately led to the cardiac arrest that claimed her life.
Confronted with compelling evidence, the parents were charged with second-degree murder, casting a harsh light on their neglect of Kaitlyn’s well-being.
On August 26, Mary Katherine discovered Kaitlyn unresponsive and immediately called 911 for assistance. Tragically, Kaitlyn was rushed to Milledgeville Hospital, where medical professionals were unable to revive her, pronouncing her dead.
Following Kaitlyn’s passing, authorities conducted an investigation at the family’s residence and made a distressing discovery. Kaitlyn’s mattress, stuffed animals, and other furniture were found to be overrun with vermin, underscoring the extent of the neglect she had endured.
The parents now face legal repercussions for their failure to address Kaitlyn’s severe lice infestation, a neglectful act that led to the tragic loss of their daughter. They have been charged with two counts related to their alleged negligence.