User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
TV Banner
News : Mother Of Emaciated Missouri Child Pleads Guilty
Posted by Randy on 2013/11/20 4:58:39 (757 reads) News by the same author

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Joplin woman, accused of starving her preschool-age daughter, pleaded guilty Monday to child abuse in a plea deal that would limit any prison time she might be assessed to no more than 15 years.

Click to see original Image in a new window

Beth A. Williams, 28, pleaded guilty to child abuse or neglect during a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin. Williams had been facing a count of first-degree assault and two counts of child endangerment with respect to her daughter, Cameron Williams.

The girl was removed from her care and custody in July 2012 at the age of 3 after she was taken to a Joplin hospital unconscious and weighing barely 12 pounds. The child tested at a blood sugar level of zero, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Under terms of the plea deal, the two child endangerment charges would be dismissed and the Class A felony count of assault would be reduced to a Class B felony offense of child abuse or neglect, which carries a punishment range of five to 15 years. Williams had been facing the possibility of 10 to 30 years or up to life in prison.

Circuit Judge Gayle Crane delayed formal action on the plea bargain and ordered the completion of a sentencing-assessment report. The judge set Williams’ sentencing hearing for Feb. 17.

Williams told a judge at a preliminary hearing more than a year ago that she had never been in trouble with the law before and that no previous reports had been made to the Missouri Department of Social Services regarding her daughter.

At that hearing, Assistant Prosecutor Kimberly Fisher interrupted that claim to inform the judge that Williams figured into a previous child endangerment case brought against her domestic partner, Christina Haidle, in 2004 in Newton County. Haidle lost custody of one of her children in that case, according to what Fisher told the judge.

Haidle, 28, was charged with the same offenses as Williams in the case involving Williams’ daughter. She has pleaded not guilty. Both women have remained in custody on $125,000 bonds.

They were living at 1407 S. Pennsylvania Ave. when the emaciated girl’s condition came to the attention of doctors and child abuse investigators. Haidle told investigators that she stayed home and took care of her son and Williams’ daughter while Williams held down a job as a manager at a local pizzeria. Both children were taken into protective custody when the two women were arrested.

A doctor who provided care to the Williams girl throughout her first year of life testified last year that she first became concerned about the child’s development at her one-year checkup, when she weighed in at 17.6 pounds.

The doctor testified that she asked the mother to keep a journal of what she fed the girl. The mother returned for a follow-up a couple of weeks later but then stopped keeping regular appointments, she said. The doctor said she had not seen the child for more than a year when she was taken to the hospital weighing just 12 pounds at the age of 3.

Williams maintained at the hearing last year that the charges against her and Haidle were not justified.

“My daughter has always been small,” she told the judge. “She eats like a horse.”

But the doctor told the court that within two months of the girl being removed from her mother’s care and custody, she had grown 2 inches and put on 15 pounds.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/9/23 9:54:49 - Results Of Monday Night's City Council Meeting
2014/9/23 9:44:51 - Community Food Pantry Topic Of Open Line
2014/9/23 9:29:08 - Trenton Police Department, Highway Patrol Conduct "Safe To School" Checks At Rissler
2014/9/23 9:22:33 - MU Announces "Hearnes Center Game", TV Assignments, Game Times For Hoops Season
2014/9/23 9:20:25 - Walking Trail, Fund Drive And 5/10K Walk/ Run Topic Of Open Line
2014/9/23 9:02:46 - Week 6 High School Football Poll
2014/9/23 9:00:00 - Trenton Holds On Late For 4-3 Win At Putnam County
2014/9/23 8:59:00 - THS Volleyball Sweeps Brookfield For 4th Win Of 2014
2014/9/23 8:08:30 - Injury Riddled Chiefs Win In Miami
2014/9/23 8:00:00 - Late-Game Touchdown Gives Hoosiers Upset Win At Mizzou
2014/9/23 7:50:00 - Pembroke Hill Thwarts Bulldog Rally, Drops Trenton To 0-5
2014/9/23 7:44:50 - Woman Says Carrollton Police Attacked Her During Traffic Stop
2014/9/23 4:39:02 - Injuries Occur In Three Accidents In North Missouri
2014/9/23 4:17:48 - Man Forbidden From Flying U.S. Flag On His Balcony Because It Could 'Offend Foreign People'
2014/9/23 4:05:24 - 'F**k It, I Quit' Anchor Explains Her Dramatic Exit
2014/9/23 3:56:51 - Rally Seeks More Police Accountability
2014/9/23 3:52:37 - Tension Marks Missouri Education Goals Rewrite
2014/9/23 3:47:45 - 8-Year Old Girl Escapes Captors
2014/9/22 23:00:00 - Trenton Goes 2-1, Falls To Brookfield In Nan Carter Title Tilt
2014/9/22 10:42:49 - Spickard Man Arrested On Multiple Warrants
2014/9/22 10:10:00 - Grundy R-5 Coaches Shows For Monday, 9/22/14
2014/9/22 10:04:53 - Spickard Man Injured In Friday Accident
2014/9/22 10:02:42 - Three Vehicle Accident Injures Two Cameron Residents; One Driver Arrested On Outstanding Warrant
2014/9/22 9:58:59 - Latest Session Of Circuit Court Has Busy Session
2014/9/22 9:56:23 - Altamont Man Injured In Accident; Accused Of DUI
2014/9/22 9:53:53 - Fire Destroys House At Spickard
2014/9/22 9:51:17 - Cowgill Resident Injured In Saturday Accident
2014/9/22 8:48:54 - Ferguson Residents Begin Using Body Cameras
2014/9/22 8:43:25 - Missing Man OK Despite Being Hit By Train
2014/9/22 7:30:00 - Mercer Cardinal Coaches Shows For Monday, 9/22/14



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM