After the unfortunate death of a 19-year-old Florida woman who went into diabetic shock, police are accusing her boyfriend of failing to deliver the proper care needed to keep her alive.
Fabiola Cosme-Feliciano had just started to stay with her boyfriend, Yeshua Ramirez, when they were involved in a drive-by shooting. After the shooting, which Ramirez blamed on Cosme-Feliciano, Ramirez left his girlfriend alone at home while he went out to sell drugs, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Osceola County Sheriff Maj. Jacob Ruiz said Cosme-Feliciano likely began suffering from diabetic shock while she was left home. Ramirez, 19, often left her with no car and she had gotten too weak to get up call help for herself, Ruiz said.
“He had knowledge of her deteriorating condition,” Ruiz said. “Her life depended on [getting care] and he did nothing about it.”
Although Cosme-Feliciano had life-saving diabetic medication in her possession, she was unable to administer it to herself.
According to an arrest affidavit, Ramirez left his girlfriend alone for three or four hours and when he returned, she was dead. Deputies arrested Ramirez on a manslaughter charge in Cosme-Feliciano’s death on Feb. 15.
David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor, said the case is similar to a parent who leaves their child in a car during a scorching day.
“The issue here is, was he engaging in a conduct that showed a reckless disregard for human life?” Weinstein told the Orlando Sentinel.
Days after Ramirez was jailed in Cosme-Feliciano’s death, the Sheriff’s Office re-arrested him on an attempted murder charge in a drive-by shooting that injured one person the day before her death.
Although Ramirez blamed the shooting on Cosme-Feliciano, investigators believe he was the shooter.
Cosme-Feliciano was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 2 years old. The family moved from their native Puerto Rico to Central Florida when she was 7 so she could receive treatment at Nemours Children’s Hospital.
(Photo: Osceola County Jail)