Ohio Mom Sentenced for Death of Diabetic Child After Feeding Her Mostly Soda Diet

Ohio Mom Sentenced for Death of Diabetic Child After Feeding Her Mostly Soda Diet


An Ohio mother was sentenced on Friday to at least nine years in prison for manslaughter after feeding her diabetic four-year-old daughter a diet consisting mainly of Mountain Dew. 

“Tamara Banks pled guilty to manslaughter in March for the death of her daughter, Karmity Hoeb, who died in 2022 of a diabetes-related brain injury,” The New York Post reported. “Banks, 41, often gave the girl bottles of baby formula mixed with the neon-green sugary soda, according to prosecutors, long after she should have been weaned off bottles.”

Karmity died at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital due to diabetic ketoacidosis, the Cincinnati Inquirer reported. The child displayed symptoms of a “serious medical issue” for several days, but Banks did not call 911 until her daughter turned blue

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