ER doctor called Fla. toddler's starvation death worst ever
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (WPEC) - New information has been released in the death of a 13-month-old child from Loxahatchee.
Tayla Aleman was found unresponsive in April. She weighed 7 pounds at the time of her death. Her parents, Alejandro Aleman and Kristen Meyer-Aleman, are both facing charges.
"One minute she was fine and suddenly she just stopped breathing, while in her arms and now she is dead." That is what Meyer-Aleman told investigators the day her baby girl died, according to court records.
The report shows Meyer-Aleman said her child was perfectly healthy.
"She cannot understand what happened because everything occurred so fast," the report indicated.
The emergency room doctor who tried to save the child said otherwise.
According to the report, the physician said the child's condition was the worst case of starvation he has seen in his practice of medicine.
The medical examiner ruled the child died from a lack of food and water, 2 pounds less than her birth weight.
According to the report, the child's body appeared very frail and small. The body did not look like that of an average 1-year-old child.
Tayla's parents face the death penalty after it was determined their child starved to death and suffered from a number of infections, including E. coli, staph and pneumonia.