Nancy Woolheater from Kansas who was charged for punishing her two-year-old son as he didn’t eat his hotdog was sentenced to 19 years in jail.
According to The Wichita Eagle, a Sedgwick County judge said the ‘sentence has been earned.’
The mother’s boyfriend, who was also there during the incident, is serving 49 years for second-degree murder.
Some of the heartbreaking injuries discovered on the toddler’s body included a broken rib, nose, arm, along with multiple bruises on his back, buttocks, stomach, and face. It was evident that the young boy had been abused for months.
It was in 2018 when Anthony Tony ‘Bunn’ was found on the living room floor unconscious. It was two days after the young boy was severely punished by Woolheater, 24, and her partner, Lucas Diel. The two were taken into custody but provided conflicting reports on what exactly happened.
Woolheater told officers that she had ‘lost it’ when the child refused to eat the hotdog she cooked for breakfast.
The aggressive mother slapped the toddler across the face and hit him again while Diel held the food in the child’s mouth. Then, Woolheater left the child with her partner and found him with a swollen face, a broken tooth, and lips bleeding when she came back to the room.
Diel denied that he had hit the child and said Tony had just fallen from the bed.
Judge Jeff Syrios said during a hearing last year: “Neither the rule of law nor the community tolerates this kind of harm done … to our children.
“Tony was under your charge. And your job was to raise him and protect him.”
During the hearing, Woolheater said that she was remorseful for what she had done. “I know that I’ll never be able to make up for or undo the mistakes I made. I know that I failed my son when he needed me.”
She added: “I do want it to be known that I did love Tony — and I still do — with all my heart.”
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