The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

February 10, 2014

Roommate sentenced in starved child case

JOPLIN, Mo. — A woman who lived with a Joplin mother convicted of starving her 3-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in the abuse of the child.

Circuit Judge David Dally assessed Christina M. Haidle the prison term at a hearing today in Jasper County Circuit Court. Haidle, 28, pleaded guilty to a Class B felony offense of child abuse Dec. 9 in a plea deal dismissing two related counts of felony child endangerment.

Haidle was the roommate of Beth A. Williams, 28, when Williams’ daughter, Cameron Williams, was brought to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin unconscious, barely breathing and weighing just 12 pounds. The child was tested and found to have a blood sugar level of zero.

Haidle told investigators at the time that she stayed home and provided care to her son and Williams’ daughter while Williams held down a job as a manager at a local pizzeria.

Williams pleaded guilty to Class B felony child abuse in November and is awaiting sentencing Feb. 17.

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