A Wyoming County grand jury has indicted a Castile mother and father on charges of criminally negligent homicide in the January death of their 15-year-old daughter, blaming the girl’s death on medical neglect.
Jeremy P. Ikeler, 35, and Astrid Ikeler, 38, of Route 39, were arrested Wednesday and are in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail each.
Marissa M. Ikeler, a student at Letchworth Central School, died Jan. 27 in Women & Children’s Hospital, Buffalo. Authorities said she was not receiving proper care and medication for an existing condition.
Marissa suffered a seizure and was not breathing when a Castile ambulance was dispatched to her home Jan. 26. After receiving initial care at Wyoming County Community Hospital, she was transported to the Buffalo hospital.
The Erie County medical examiner on May 2 issued a ruling of homicide by medical neglect. Also investigating the death were Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.
O’Geen is expected to release additional information today on the teenager’s death.
A day after his daughter died, Jeremy Ikeler posted a message on his Facebook page:
“The good lord received a beautiful new angel when he received my beautiful angel. Daddy loves you Marissa.”
Jeremy Ikeler attended Letchworth Junior-Senior High School and served in the Army. Originally from Bliss, he had lived with his wife in El Paso, Texas. In July 2013, he posted his status with the Army:
“Terminal leave starting 15 August and retirement starting 07 October. Can’t wait.”
Astrid Ikeler’s Facebook page lists her as a native of Germany.
The Ikelers, who reportedly have two other children currently in the care of a relative, are next scheduled to appear in court Oct. 23.