Kansas woman to stand trial for death of 7-month-old daughter

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A judge has ruled that there is enough evidence for a Kansas woman to stand trail for murder in the death of her 7-month-old daughter. 

Shelby Johnson, 26, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder in the alternative, child abuse and aggravated child endangerment in the death of Jesslinn Hulett last year. 

criminal complaint accuses Johnson, of Oxford, of cruelly beating and shaking Jesslinn, causing great bodily harm with injuries consistent with blunt force trauma. 

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

Sumner NewsCow reports Judge R. Scott McQuin ordered Johnson bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing on Wednesday that lasted about three hours. Her arraignment was scheduled for March 7.

Johnson is free on $100,000 bond while she awaits trial.

Johnson and Jesslinn were living in Oxford, but the crime is alleged to have occurred in Wellington. They were staying with Johnson’s boyfriend the night of the incident that led to Jesslinn’s injuries.

Johnson recently gave birth to another child and is living in Arkansas City. County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said Johnson's child was born in Cowley County and placed in foster care there. He said he believes the case will be transferred to Sumner County. 

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