Kansas mother arrested for murder in 7-month-old daughter's death

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A Kansas woman has been arrested for murder in the death of her 7-month-old daughter nearly four months ago.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer confirmed that 26-year-old Shelby Johnson was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree murder, child abuse and child endangerment for the death of Jesslinn Hulett. Johnson was held on $250,000 bond.

The girl's father took her to a hospital in Sumner County on Easter Sunday, April 1, after she quit breathing. She suffered head injuries, healing rib fractures and retinal hemorrhages and died at a Wichita hospital four days later.

According to the criminal complaint filed Thursday, Johnson cruelly beat or shook Jesslinn, causing great bodily harm injuries consistent with blunt force trauma. 

Johnson also faces alternative first-degree murder and second-degree murder charges.

The alternative first-degree murder count states "Johnson was providing immediate care for the child when it sustained severe head injuries that required immediate medical treatment, Johnson went back to bed for an hour until the baby was found not breathing by the child's father..."

The alternative count of second-degree murder count alleges she "unintentionally but recklessly" stuck or shook Jesslinn, causing severe head injuries, and was "indifferent to the need for immediate medical treatment for the child."

Jesslinn's death was ruled a homicide in May.

Read the full complaint below

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