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Sentencing in Cass County For Death of Baby

Latasha Wilson
Harrisonville – A sobbing Latasha Wilson expressed remorse Friday during her sentencing hearing before Circuit Judge Michael Wagner in Cass County.

Wilson, 21, had pleaded guilty last week in Johnson County to charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, first-degree child endangerment and abandonment of a corpse in connection with the death of her newborn.

Prosecutor Rob Russell recommended Wilson serve consecutive prison sentences of seven years for manslaughter and four years each on the other two charges for a total of 15 years. Wagner accepted the recommendation.

She originally faced a charge of second-degree murder, which carries a range of punishment from 10 years to life in prison.
 

The state alleged Wilson gave birth to a baby boy Jan. 29, 2014, in a toilet in her employer’s restroom and did not act to determine if the baby lived, did not immediately remove him from the water and did not seek medical assistance for him.
 

Wilson put the body in her locker and later took the corpse home. She and an accomplice Zackary Carter, later hid the body in a cave at Pertle Springs on the University of Central Missouri campus. Carter attempted to burn the body.
 

Police arrested Wilson and Carter shortly after students found the body in the cave March 4, 2014.
 

Carter pleaded guilty in November 2014 to tampering with evidence and received a 30-day jail sentence and five years probation.
 

“I’m sorry. … I should have gotten help,” Wilson told Wagner at her sentencing hearing.
 

She said she had not wanted to disappoint her family, and would now dedicate her life to her son.
 

“Obviously, this is a bad crime. … I believe you feel bad about what you did,” Wagner said.
 

He said Wilson’s family has been supportive and attended all her court hearings.
 

“I think you will get out of the Department of Corrections and accomplish good things in your life,” he told Wilson, wishing her “good luck.”
 

Wilson received hugs from family members before a deputy took her from the courtroom.



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Joseph Howery
On May 5, Joseph Howery, 17, Appleton City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with unclassified misdemeanor possession of liquor by minor. Bond is set at $2,500 cash or surety.

The charge stems from an incident the previous day when a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to Hills and Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, regarding a male subject lying on the steps of the business. During the investigation it was learned the subject got up and walked away.

Contact was made with the individual on south on Poplar Street near Second Street and he was identified as Howery. After contact was made with him it was determined Howery was intoxicated.

He was placed in custody and transported to the St. Clair County jail pending the formal charge.