Monday, July 1, 2013

Dad gets 20 years for beating death of 4-year-old son (Hiawatha, Kansas)

Was LEE DAVIS IV a custodial father? Notice there is no mention of the mother, just a vague reference to "a woman who lived with Davis at the time of the killing." What happened to Mom? Who gave this convicted killer access to this little boy?

Kansas father sentenced for killing son

By Associated Press
CREATED Jun. 28, 2013

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) A northeast Kansas man has been given the maximum sentence for the beating death of his 4-year-old son.

KNZA-FM reports 27-year-old Lee Davis IV, of Hiawatha, was sentenced Friday to nearly 20 years in prison.

Davis was initially charged with first-degree murder but pleaded no contest in April to second-degree murder and felony child abuse.

The son, who has been identified only by a set of initials, died March 5 at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

The sentence imposed by Brown County District Judge Jim Patton requires Davis to register as a violent offender for 15 years after completing his prison term.

A woman who lived with Davis at the time of the killing faces a September hearing on multiple charges, including aiding and abetting second-degree murder.