Parents charged in daughter’s death after months-long investigation

CASTILE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Prosecutors say a Wyoming County couple didn’t give their daughter proper medical care she desperately needed, resulting in her death.

The Wyoming County sheriff and undersheriff say it took months to file charges against 15-year-old Marissa Ikeler’s parents, because they had to wait to get the autopsy and medical records.

If the teen were still alive, she would be starting high school. Instead detectives have placed her parents, Jeremy and Astrid Ikeler of Castile, under arrest and charged them with criminally negligent homicide.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s office says the 15-year-old was diagnosed with a chronic medical condition that caused seizures. On January 26, she suffered from a seizure so severe she lost consciousness and stopped breathing.

Marissa was revived at Wyoming County Community Hospital then taken to Women and Children’s Hospital. She died the next day.

Authorities say her parents actions led to her untimely death. They say the Ikelers didn’t take her to see specialists or get her the medication she needed.

In May, the Erie County Medical Examiner determined Marissa’s cause of death was “homicide due to medical neglect.”

Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen released a statement saying, in part, “The evidence gathered was presented to the grand jury for their determination regarding what, if any, charges were appropriate in this case. The grand jury charged the Ikelers with criminally negligent homicide.”

O’Geen said the charge is a Class E felony, punishable up to one-and-one-third to four years in prison.

The Ikelers are being held in the Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 bail.

A source says a relative now has custody of the couple’s two younger daughters.

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