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Lymphoma and Pets
Parents face prison terms for neglecting son with Hodgkin's
When eight-year-old William Robinson of Ohio died from Hodgkin's lymphoma and pneumonia in 2008, a county coroner ruled the boy's death a homicide. A year later, his parents Monica Hussing, 37, and William Robinson Sr, 40, were indicted for medical neglect because they failed to seek treatment for their son, despite the fact that Hodgkin's lymphoma has one of the highest cure rates of any cancer.
Upon being arrested, the Ohio parents lost custody of their five other children. On Monday, each of the parents pleaded guilty to a single count of attempted involuntary manslaughter. Based on their pleas, the two are now facing eight years in prison.
In a baffling and sickening twist, Hussing and Robinson have admitted that while their son was dying from Hodgkin's, the two sought treatment for a flea problem developed by a recently adopted pit bull.
They will be sentenced on February 16; until then, they remain free on bail.