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Posted: Friday, 29 August 2014 10:47PM

Kansas Woman Convicted in Child's Death



HIAWATHA, Kan.  -  A Hiawatha woman has been convicted in last year's beating death of  her boyfriend's 4-year-old son.

Janice Summerford, 30, entered Alford pleas Friday to second-degree murder, child abuse and interfering with law enforcement. An Alford plea does not admit guilt but  acknowledges that prosecutors can likely prove the charges.

Summerford, had been facing trial next month for the death of Mekhi Boone in March 2013.

She was initially charged with aiding and abetting a death, but Brown County prosecutors upgraded the  charge to first-degree murder after learning Summerford was the child's primary caregiver.

Mekhi's father, Lee Davis IV, was convicted earlier of second-degree murder and felony child abuse and  sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison

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Locations : Brown CountyHiawathaKansas
People : ChildJanice SummerfordLee Davis IVMekhi Boone
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08/29/2014 10:49PM
Kansas Woman Convicted in Child's Death
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