Family: Weikal Innocent In Toddler's Death

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

A preliminary hearing has been continued for a Wellington man accused of killing a toddler.

Spencer Weikal is charged with murder and child abuse in the death of Larrissa Foster. The 2-year-old girl was rushed to a Wichita hospital Nov. 29, 2011, but died of her injuries three days later. Investigators said the child’s injuries were so severe, it appeared she had been thrown off the roof of a house.

Prosecutors charged Weikal, the live-in boyfriend of the girl’s mother, with her death. Authorities said he was caring for Larrissa when she was hurt.

But Weikals’ family members are speaking out in his defense. Lori Armstrong, Weikal’s mother, said even Larrissa’s mother said he is innocent.

“The mother of the child lives with my family and she’s very adamant on speaking for Spencer’s defense,” Armstrong said. “She says he’s never ever been harmful to Larrissa.”

Debbie Murphy, Larrissa's grandmother, described her granddaughter as a happy child.

“She never cried, she never threw a fit,” Murphy said. “She was a good baby.”

Weikal’s preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for March 15.

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