Father pleads guilty in 2-month-old son's death at Wichita motel


A father has pleaded guilty in the death of one of his twin sons at a west Wichita motel earlier this year.

The Sedgwick County DA's office said 34-year-old Kyle Kempton on Wednesday pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 2-month-old Patrick Kempton. He also pleaded to four misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. There was no plea agreement.

The child's mother, 39-year-old Christy Rollings, pleaded guilty to the same charges in October. and was sentenced to probation for the manslaughter charge and two years in jail for the misdemeanors.

Authorities responded August 30 to the report of a child not breathing at the Scotsman Inn at 5922 West Kellogg. Prosecutors say Kempton had rolled over onto the baby, smothering him, while in bed. Rollings and Patrick's twin brother were asleep on the floor. Both parents were highly intoxicated.

A probable cause affidavit states the two had been drinking heavily for about a week and authorities found empty liquor bottles in the motel room.

Officers were called to the hotel to check on the children two days prior. Police say the parents were intoxicated at the time and the children were placed with a family member, who returned the children to their parents the next afternoon.

Kempton will be sentenced January 22.

"The Office of the District Attorney echoes the concerns expressed by the American Academy of Pediatrics January 2017 policy statement discouraging “co-sleeping” with infants," the DA's office said.

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