Jan 23, 2020 1:00 AM

Kansas mother pleads guilty in starvation, abuse of child

Posted Jan 23, 2020 1:00 AM
Francis photo Johnson Co.
Francis photo Johnson Co.

OLATHE, KAN. (AP) — A Shawnee woman has pleaded guilty to her role in the starvation of a 5-year-old boy.

Elizabeth Marie Francis, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal sodomy and child abuse, the Johnson County District Attorney's office said.

She and her boyfriend, John Carter, 36, were charged after the child was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital in December 2018. Doctors reported he was bruised and malnourished from starvation, prosecutors said. The hospital staff said the boy had lost 10 pounds since he was taken to the hospital in September 2018. The child was taken into protective custody.

As part of the plea agreement, battery and endangerment charges were dismissed.

Carter has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and endangerment. His case is pending in district court.

Francis will be sentenced March 9.

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Jan 23, 2020 1:00 AM
SD Day care provider charged in baby's strangulation death

A Sioux Falls day care provider has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a baby who became strangled in a car seat.

Prosecutors say Kayla Styles left the 9-month-old boy in the car seat to nap Nov. 14 and when she checked two hours later she found the baby was slumped down with the seat's straps pressing against his neck.

The Argus Leader reports the coroner determined the cause of death was “positional asphyxia due to inappropriate sleep environment.”

The 30-year-old Styles is charged with second-degree manslaughter and abuse of a minor.

She was arrested Tuesday. It was not clear if Styles has hired an attorney.