Kansas woman sentenced to 14 years in toddler’s death

Gavel (KSN News)

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas woman has been sentenced to more than 14 years and four months in prison in the death of her 13-month-old son.

The Salina Journal reports that 30-year-old Jessica Stinnett, of Enterprise, was sentenced Wednesday in Dickinson County for reckless second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of Maddox Jones. Stinnett pleaded no contest to the charges in September.

Dickinson County Attorney Daryl Hawkins says Stinnett indicated in court that her drug problem contributed to the toddler’s death in May.

The boy died at a hospital where he was taken with bruising and obvious signs of trauma. He had been home with his mother at the time he was injured.