Mother of Five-Year-Old Girl with Rare Genetic Disorder is Sentenced to 20 Years Probation After Removing Her Daughter’s Feeding Tube on Advice of Holistic Doctor

Porscha Mickens, 29, was sentenced to 20 years probation for removing her daughter’s feeding tube after the little girl died weighing just eight pounds

Her family’s attorney said the most Kylie Mickens ever weighed was 18 pounds due to a genetic disorder that made it difficult for her to gain weight. Her weight often fluctuated, the attorney said, and when she died at age 5 she weighed less than 8 pounds.

Her mother, Porscha Danielle Mickens, was sentenced to 20 years of probation last week after entering an open-ended plea to second-degree murder and child cruelty charges. Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh said his office had argued for a sentence of 30 years, with 25 to be served in prison, saying it was one of the “most egregious cases of child neglect” he had ever seen.

But defense attorney Corinne Mull said Kylie was born with 1p36 deletion syndrome, a rare chromosomal deficiency that made it difficult for her to eat and drink. She died in 2020.

“Sometimes she would put on a little weight and she’d drop it suddenly,” Mull told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via phone. “That’s the explanation for this whole case, that the symptoms were vacillating weight gains and weight losses.”

Porscha Mickens and the girl’s father, Jerrail Maurice Mickens, were arrested four months after Kylie died and charged after an autopsy conducted by the GBI determined Kylie died as a result of malnutrition and dehydration due to medical neglect. Jerrail Mickens died this past November in a motorcycle crash in Atlanta.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Caroline Silva