Jury finds woman guilty of child endangerment in daughter's death | Crime
A jury found a Pemiscot County woman guilty of child endangerment for covering up the deadly beating of her 2-year-old child.
According to an email from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, on September 30, 2009, Joanie Fowler found her daughter unconscious, fighting for breath.
Fowler’s boyfriend, Matthew Dillon Taylor, told her he had hit the two year old in the head. Investigators say he beat the child several times in the face.
Instead of calling for medical help immediately, prosecutors say Fowler waited at least 30 minutes.
When she did call, Fowler reportedly lied to 911 about what had happened. She claimed her child had been involved in a four-wheeler crash.
A few days later the child died of her injuries.
A doctor from the hospital testified at trial that had medical help been sought even 30 minutes earlier, the little girl may have survived.
Taylor pleaded guilty to second degree murder for his role in the child’s death. He is currently serving a 20-year sentence.
On Thursday a Scott County jury found Fowler guilty of child endangerment in the first degree. She will be sentenced on June 27.
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