Media Blackout: African Migrants Charged With 7-Year-Old Daughter's Death
JACKSONVILLE, FL – On February 9, Anna Akinloba, 44, and Aremo Oloye Akinloba, 46, were arrested following an investigation into the 2018 death of their 7-year-old daughter, Omera.
On April 11, 2018, the couple took Omera to Jacksonville Naval Air Station Hospital, after she was found unresponsive in her bed. The girl had reportedly been very ill for more than a week.
The Florida Times-Union reported:
The NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Services) warrant said Omera was "not breathing and dehydrated" when she was brought into the hospital, listed as "unresponsive, pulseless." Multiple attempts to revive her were made, but she was declared dead at 7:34 a.m., according to the documents.
The Florida Department of Children and Families opened an investigation into the girl's death and found that for nearly five years, the girl existed only on a diet of french fries, did not receive any vaccinations after the age of 17-months, and was covered in a rash—having never received medical care for several years.
An autopsy determined that the rash was caused by Pellagra, which is caused by a lack of Vitamin B-3. The cause of death has been determined to be a combination of malnutrition and sepsis.
Both Anna and Aremo Akinloba have been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and are currently being held at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Department of Corrections. Both are scheduled to be formally arraigned later today.
*Anna and Aremo Akinloba came to this country from Nigeria. While this story was widely reported both locally and nationally, the only media outlet to report that the suspects are foreign nationals is the Nigerian website KanyiDaily.