A Wisconsin mother of three has been arrested after being accused of denying her teenage daughter a lifesaving surgery.
Aziyza Ababneh, 37, brought her 14-year-old daughter, Amina Krouser, to the hospital on Dec. 3, 2017, for what doctors initially believed was a sore throat, WISN reported. Krouser's condition then escalated to a brain infection.
Doctors needed to perform emergency surgery on Amina to clean up the infection, but Ababneh refused to give consent. When doctors told the mother her child might die without the surgery, she responded, "I've already lost her."
Amina died on Dec. 10, 2017. The medical examiner's report stated that the teen died of medical neglect over untreated Lemierre's syndrome, and her death was labeled as a homicide.
The teen reportedly began feeling sick in November. Ababneh said she became frustrated, and beat Amina with a paddle, a belt, and what her other two children called a "face blade." The makeshift weapon was a PVC pipe with duct tape wrapped on one end.
Before going to the hospital, Amina had reportedly been urinating on herself, and had been having trouble walking. She was also slobbering and drooling on herself.
When police visited Ababneh's home, they discovered that she had been living alone with her three children in poor conditions. The home was cold, dirty and did not have any heat or running water.
Ababneh's home reportedly smelled of urine and feces -- both from humans and that of a cat. The family had been using a "compost toilet," described by the children as a 5-gallon plastic bucket. Ababneh's other two children are 12 and 16 years old.
Ababneh was arrested and is now facing charges of child abuse by intentionally causing harm, and neglecting a child resulting in death, according to court records. She remains in police custody, while her two surviving children have been placed in foster care.
Amina's father, Michael Krouser, reportedly lives in Texas and said he has not seen his children in 10 years, the Daily Mail reported. He told WISN that Ababneh was a military veteran, and could have gotten Amina the medical care she needed.
Ababneh will appear in court again on April 9 for a pre-trial hearing. The trial is scheduled to commence on June 5.
Ababneh could be facing up to 20 years in prison and $55,000 in fines if convicted. She has pleaded not guilty to felony child neglect and child abuse, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Sources: WISN, Daily Mail, U.S. News & World Report / Featured Image: Rob Nguyen/Flickr / Embedded Images: Facebook and Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office via Daily Mail