NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A mother is charged with murder and aggravated child neglect in the death of her 12-year-old daughter.
Marilyn Elizabeth Slope is accused of failing to seek medical treatment for 12-year old Shirley Mae Slope, who had juvenile diabetes.
Police say the mother and child were from Louisiana, where they lived in a trailer without utilities.
A Metro police investigation showed that Shirley was ill when she, her mother and two acquaintances left Louisiana en route to Ohio in February 2016. They were driving through Tennessee when the girl’s condition deteriorated. She became unresponsive along Interstate 40 in Wildersville, Henderson County.
The child was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Four days later, Shirley Slope died.
Metro detectives arrested Shirley’s mother, Marilyn Elizabeth Slope, 35, at her new home in Pennsylvania. She was brought back to Nashville on Thursday to face the charges.