Forest County six-year-old's death ruled a homicide

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 13:29:41-04

The death of a six-year-old girl in Crandon in March has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report by the Forest County Medical Examiner. 

Amber Perry suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication from diabetes, Forest County Medical Examiner Larry Mathein wrote in the report.

Adults caring for her neglected their duties in managing that condition, leading to Perry's death, he said. Mathein's report also showed Perry suffered from dehydration, which led to the drying of her tissues and organs.

"The severity of the dehydration discovered at autopsy would indicate a long term, chronic, lack of proper management of [Perry's] medical condition," Mathein said. "I believe that Amber was not provided proper care, to the point of causing the underlying medical condition to deteriorate to her death."

Perry also had flu-like symptoms in the days leading up to her death, her family told Mathein. 

Perry was found dead on March 7 in the Crandon apartment where she lived with her grandmother. If charges were filed in Perry's death, it's unclear who would face those charges.

NBC26 reached out to the Forest County District Attorney but he would not comment on the case Wednesday.

There is no word yet on if or when criminal charges will be filed.