A 46-year-old woman accused of neglecting and causing the death of a quadriplegic girl in her care was denied immediate release, with her bail maintained at $250,000 Friday in Yakima County Superior Court.
Darlina Ann Chilson has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the case. Chilson was the girl’s guardian and caregiver.
On Friday, Chilson’s attorney, Chad Dold, requested that she be released immediately pending trial.
Dold told Judge Richard Bartheld that Chilson had no one in her care and isn’t a safety threat at this time. Dold said Chilson brought the 16-year-old girl to the hospital in April 2016 in an effort to get her medical attention.
The girl had been starved, was sick and suffered from severe bed sores, according to an affidavit. She was unable to recover from her illness and died a month later at a hospital.
Health care providers told investigators they offered services to Chilson — who mentioned being overwhelmed at times — on multiple occasions in 2015 and 2016.
Dold said Chilson wasn’t a flight risk because she had maintained the same address throughout the investigation, knowing that criminal charges would be filed.
Chilson pleaded with Bartheld, saying she would show up to all hearings and other meetings on time.
“I’ll get to them early; I’ll get to them an hour early,” she said. “I’m innocent. I’m asking you to give me a chance.”
Bartheld weighed the severity of the charges and the words of Chilson’s daughter, who told investigators that her mother was using meth and placed the drug before the needs of the child in her care. Dold said there was no evidence proving Chilson was using drugs.
Bartheld upheld the bail requirement.