Couple Arrested For Manslaughter After Cancer-Stricken Child With 17-Pound Tumor Dies

The Oklahoma parents each face at least four years in prison if found guilty.

January 14, 2019

Beth Mills-Lilly and Henry Clarence Lilly III [Comanche County Sheriff’s Department]

Beth Mills-Lilly and Henry Clarence Lilly III [Comanche County Sheriff’s Department]

By: Aaron Rasmussen

LAWTON, OK — The parents of an Oklahoma toddler are behind bars after police claimed they failed to take adequate measures to save their daughter’s life.

According to The Lawton Constitution, the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office responded to a January 3 call about an unconscious child at the camper home of Henry Clarence Lilly III, 49, and Bonnie Beth Mills-Lilly, 42.

Emergency medical technicians rushed the three-year-old girl to an area hospital, where she later died. The state medical examiner determined the child had a 17-pound tumor and was suffering from cancer.

Authorities accused the Lillys, who are also parents to six other children, of neglect and failing to provide their daughter with proper medical help. They hit each of them with a felony first-degree manslaughter charge, which carries a minimum of four years behind bars.

Both have posted a $60,000 bond and are due back in court on February 28.

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