Wichita mother sentenced to nearly 20 years in toddler's death


A Wichita mother has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for the beating death of her 2-year-old son. 

A judge on Friday sentenced 24-year-old Elizabeth Woolheater to 233 months for the death of Anthony Bunn. She pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder and two counts of child abuse. 

The toddler died died two days after suffering head and face injuries at his Riverside home on May 4, 2018.

Woolheater's then-boyfriend, 26-year-old Lucas Diel, was sentenced in June to nearly 50 years for second-degree murder in the boy's death. His earliest release date is in August of 2060. 

court document states Anthony had several injuries including extensive trauma to the head, a broken nose, fractured bones, bruised ribs, eyes swollen shut and red bruising of the eyelids, bruising along the spine and swelling of the brain.

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Allegations of child abuse involving Anthony were reported in October of 2017. District Attorney Marc Bennett said there was insufficient evidence to support criminal charges.

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