The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 23, 2012

Missouri couple pleads not guilty to child endangerment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City couple has pleaded not guilty to charges after their malnourished 8-year-old niece was found locked in a bedroom.

The Kansas City Star reports that 34-year-old Jeffrey Kraft, and 28-year-old Michele Buckner-Kraft, pleaded not guilty Monday in Jackson County court to charges of assault and child endangerment. Their bonds were kept at $100,000.

They were charged Friday after a two-week investigation that stemmed from a call to the child abuse hotline.

Authorities said the child weighed 42 pounds when she was found July 5 in a room that smelled of urine and trash. She had lost six pounds since she was 5 and in kindergarten, the last time she attended school.

No attorney is listed for either of the Krafts in online court records.


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