Wichita man sentenced to 5.5 years for abusing 1-year-old son who died
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A 26-year-old Wichita man has been sentenced to 5 and a half years in prison in connection to the death of his 1-year-old son last year.
The Sedgwick County district attorney's office said Judge Jeffrey Goering sentenced Kentrell Willingham to 66 months. He pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse on January 31. He was originally charged with with first-degree murder, an alternative count of first-degree murder, child abuse and aggravated child endangerment.
Willingham's girlfriend, Xjohnna Hannah, pleaded guilty last month to one count of aggravated child endangerment and is set to be sentenced on March 28. She was originally charged August 2 with first-degree murder, child abuse and aggravated child endangerment.
Hannah was not the boy's mother.
Wichita police said officers responded July 28 to a child abuse report at Wesley Medical Center, where staff reported a family member and guardian brought in Lasiah Williams. He was unresponsive and pronounced dead.
According to police spokesperson Chad Ditch, investigators learned the boy had been with Willingham and Hannah for a few days. A family member met Willingham for a custody exchange and the family member noticed a short time later that Lasiah was unresponsive. The family member and Lasiah’s legal guardian then drove to the hospital.