Kansas Mother To Face Trial In Baby's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, June 17, 2013

A judge has ruled a southeast Kansas woman will be tried for involuntary manslaughter, rather than murder, in the death of her 4-month-old son.

District Judge A.J. Wachter ordered 25-year-old Heather L. Buckalew bound over for trial last week. Buckalew was originally charged with second-degree murder in the August 2012 death of Memphis Cash Harvey.

The Joplin Globe reports that testimony at a preliminary hearing in May indicated that Buckalew fell asleep after drinking beer with her boyfriend. When he got up to go to work, he found the baby face down on a pillow near his sleeping mother. The boy could not be resuscitated.

A forensic pathologist ruled the child likely was smothered by his mother while they were sleeping.


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