Shawnee stepmother convicted in child abuse death
BY RANDY ELLIS NewsOK.com
Thursday, July 19, 2012
SHAWNEE — A Shawnee woman was sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years Wednesday after being found guilty in the 2009 child abuse death of her 6-year-old stepdaughter, Alexis Morris.
In dramatic testimony, Jennifer Jimenez's 12-year-old daughter described for the jury how she walked in on her mom as the woman held Alexis upside down by her ankles and slammed the child's head against the ground as Alexis was crying and screaming, said Pottawatomie County Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter.
That was moments before Alexis was found unconscious and not breathing, the prosecutor said.
Alexis' Sept. 25, 2009, death is the latest in a series of tragic Oklahoma child abuse deaths that have raised serious questions about the quality of work being done by Oklahoma child welfare workers.
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