Indiana girl arrested after little one practically dies of extreme head lice infestation
A four-year-old girl suffered from such a severe infestation with head lice that the doctors were “horrified”.
The little girl, who was admitted to a US hospital last month, was so sick that she could barely walk with her 26-year-old mother, Shyanna Nicole Singh. She allegedly claimed she didn’t notice the lice.
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She needed four blood transfusions because the parasites had reportedly depleted the oxygen in her blood to dangerously low levels.
According to the Lexington Herald Leader, the hospital declared her “almost fatal” because of her extremely low hemoglobin levels.
The Mayo Clinic explains that hemoglobin is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues and carries carbon dioxide from your organs and tissues back to your lungs.
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A normal hemoglobin level is 12 grams per deciliter, but the girl’s was only 1.7, according to police.
The girl’s six-year-old sister was also infested with lice and one police officer said it was unlike anything he had seen before.
While her hemoglobin level was still low at 8.7 grams, it wasn’t as critical as that of her younger sister, the publication reported.
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Interviews with school staff showed the oldest sister had lice for three days in March before being absent for 31 days.
The sisters have since been removed from their mother with childcare and placed in the care and custody of their grandparents.
The girls’ grandmother told police that she asked Singh how the lice got so bad, and the mother, on an affidavit, replied that “she didn’t notice and that she was just in the fog”.
It is not the first time the sisters have had lice after getting it last November.
Singh was reportedly “too lazy to comb it out and it would start all over again,” said the grandmother in her testimonial.
Singh has been charged with multiple cases of neglect, including neglect of an addict, neglect of an addict resulting in bodily harm, and neglect of an addict resulting in serious bodily harm. She will appear in court for the first time on Friday.