CAMERON, Texas (KWTX) Katelyn Christina Carnline, 29, of Milano, who was convicted of injury to a child for withholding proper nutrition from her then 4-month-old infant and creating a YouCaring page seeking funds, claiming the child had a rare metabolic condition, was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday.
Carnline pleaded guilty to felony injury to a child in April in district court in Milam County
She still faces similar charges in Brazos County.
She was arrested in May 2017 following an investigation prompted by a Child Protective Services report in March that indicated her then 4-month-old child was being abused and neglected, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Carnline had been arrested in early March 2017 on a Bryan Police Department warrant charging exploitation of a child stemming from an investigation of earlier allegations that she “had advertised that one of her other children had cancer and started a benefit for them,” the affidavit said.
The child did not have cancer, the affidavit said.
She was booked into the Brazos County Jail on March 8, 2017 on an exploitation of a child charge and was released the same day after posting an $8,000 bond, according to online records.
CPS placed the infant with the father after Carnline’s arrest and Milam County authorities began their own investigation, which turned up a page on YouCaring that said the infant suffered from a rare genetic disorder called IEM or inborn errors metabolism, the affidavit said.
The page had attracted two donations, one for $100 and one for $50, the affidavit said.
The unnamed infant, who was born on Oct. 13, 2016, was repeatedly admitted to Dell Children’s medical Center beginning in early December 2016 and continuing until late February 2017, when doctors implanted a G-tube in the child’s abdomen based on Carnline’s claims of repeated seizures and apneic events in which breathing temporarily stopped, the affidavit said.
After the father took custody in early March 2017, the infant took formula by mouth and the child’s weight increased by nearly 5 pounds.
A report prepared by a medical staff member at Dell Children’s concluded that the infant’s “poor weight gain was the direct result of physical neglect by the defendant,” the affidavit said.
The report said that neglect “contributed in part to the child getting unnecessary surgery, which is highly concerning for medical child abuse,” the affidavit said.
Carnline, the affidavit said, “had a history of telling people that her children have medical conditions to obtain money.”