US Woman Arrested For Manslaughter After Her Sexually Abused Toddler Dies
A Kentucky mother was arrested on Sunday after her toddler died from injuries consistent with physical and sexual abuse.
Mount Vernon resident Erica Lawson, 21, was arrested for second-degree manslaughter and first-degree criminal abuse against a child under 12. She was also charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and failure to report child neglect.
Bell County Commonwealth Attorney Lisa Fugate told WATE that the 17-month-old girl had signs of physical and sexual abuse. The child was taken to the children's hospital on July 28, where the staff attempted to save her by putting her on life support. But the child's injuries were too severe for her to recover.
WRIL-FM reported that the child, who had reportedly been raped and beaten, was brain-dead by the time she died on Sunday. Fugate informed that the toddler died on July 30 due to the severity of her injuries. The Middlesboro Police Department quickly began an investigation to determine who was responsible for the abuse.
The accused was interviewed by police and was arrested on Sunday night. Lawson was taken to Bell County Detention Center and held on a $1,000,000 bond.
The police said that they expect to make another arrest in the case soon.
The Middlesboro Police Department and Bell County authorities are actively investigating the incident.
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