The young and innocent girl suffered "excessive physical pain due to medical negligence."
Trigger warning: Contains graphic details that may be distressing to some.
12 years ago, Kaitlyn Yozviak was born to Katie Horton and Joey Yozviak who were going to give their daughter up for adoption. Back then, a couple was even ready and prepared to take Kaitlyn home; they had a car seat, a nursery, and everything ready to bring the baby into a loving home. But the day after Kaitlyn was born, her mother decided to keep the baby because she felt obligated.
More than a decade has passed since then, and sadly, Kaitlyn is no longer alive due to the neglect her parents put her through. On August 26, 2020, Kaitlyn was pronounced dead after suffering from a severe lice infestation that triggered a heart attack, as reported by New York Post. At the time of her death, Kaitlyn had "the most severe" lice infestation that Special Agent Ryan Hilton from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) had ever seen.
According to estimates by the investigators, Kaitlyn had been suffering from the lice infestation on and off for at least three years. Because of its severity, the infestation led to Kaitlyn having anemia before finally triggering the cardiac arrest.
As GBI carried out their investigation into the case, they found that 12-year-old Kaitlyn suffered "excessive physical pain due to medical negligence," owing to her callous parents, as reported by 13wmaz.com.
Previously, due to unsanitary conditions, Kaitlyn’s two brothers were taken away from Katie and Joey's home. And for a few days in 2018, Kaitlyn was also made to stay at her aunt's place after DFCS (Department of Family and Children Services) received a call about their home being "bug-infested, [with] excessive cats, and hazardous conditions." Six days after staying with her aunt, Kaitlyn was sent back to live with her parents again.
After Kaitlyn's recent death, investigators surveyed the living conditions in the house and found that it was filthy and needed repairs. In the 12-year-old's bedroom, they found that there was vermin on the girl's mattress, furniture, and even her stuffed toys.
As the mother, Katie was questioned, she revealed that her daughter had not taken a bath for a week and a half before her death, while neighbors revealed that she hadn't been seen playing outside in 1-2 months.
Following investigations, a judge revealed that enough evidence had been found to charge Kaitlyn's parents with second-degree murder and second-degree child cruelty.
While Katie and Joey were charged in connection with their daughter's murder, there was another couple grieving the death of Kaitlyn. And this was Michele and Dwyatt Creamer, the couple who were ready to adopt Kaitlyn about 12 years ago before Katie changed her mind.
Robbed of the chance to possibly give Kaitlyn a happy and healthy life, Michele told 13wmaz.com, "I never dreamed it would end like this. Never."
Michele and Dwyatt went through months of preparing before finally meeting Kaitlyn in the hospital on the day of her birth. "We had absolutely everything ready. Car seat, baby bed, furniture, everything [in the nursery] was pink and brown. I had an outfit to bring her home in. A diaper bag, absolutely everything," Michele said. "...I named her. I was in the delivery room. We held her. I have probably 100 pictures of her first few hours. She had beautiful dark eyes, beautiful dark eyes. She was absolutely gorgeous, so alert."
Back then, Katie and Joey told the couple that they were giving their daughter up because they couldn't properly take care of her. "They didn't have a home of their own. He worked a part-time job at that point. She didn't work at all. They felt like they couldn't provide for her," Michele said.
Georgia parents charged with murder after their 12-year-old girl dies as an indirect result of a severe lice infestation https://t.co/RLJwSoRJEu— TheBlaze (@theblaze) September 30, 2020
Hence, it was settled that Michele and her husband would bring Kaitlyn home. But on the day after the baby's birth, Katie had a change of heart. "She looked to me that day and said, 'This baby is supposed to be yours. This baby's supposed to be yours. I don't want this baby, but I feel like I have to,'" Michele said.
Today, Michele and Dwyatt feel like they are once again grieving the loss of Kaitlyn while the child's biological parents await further court proceedings in the case of their daughter's death.