A Riverside County jury convicted Gregory Lee Latham and his wife of second degree murder of their daughter, age 17, for failing to obtain medical treatment for her type 1 diabetes, which resulted in her death. Gregory was sentenced to seventeen years in prison. His wife was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.
Not only did the jury convict both Lathams of violating Penal Code § 187(a) (Second Degree Murder), but the jury also convicted each of child endangerment (Penal Code § 273a(a).
Gregory also pled guilty to using a minor to transport or sell methamphetamine (Health and Safety Code § 11353).
In 2001, the Latham’s child, Nanette, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and the parents were instructed on how to recognize the condition’s symptoms. At the time, Nanette displayed fruity breath, a sign of acetone in the breath, and Kussmaul breathing, which is deep, heavy breathing.
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