The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 18, 2012

Frontenac mother charged with toddler’s death

By Jeff Lehr
Globe Staff Writer

FRONTENAC, Kan. — The mother of a toddler who died five months ago at a home in Frontenac was arrested and charged Tuesday with murder.

Cara M. Lloyd is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 29 death of her 13-month-old son, identified only as “C.J. Jr.” in the complaint filed Tuesday in Crawford County District Court in Girard.

Frontenac police were called to 104 N. Labette St. the day in question concerning an unresponsive child. Officers started cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts while waiting for emergency medical technicians to arrive.

The child was taken to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, where he was pronounced dead.

Frontenac police said in a news release that officers found evidence at the scene that rendered the death suspicious. A forensic pathologist performed an autopsy for the state medical examiner’s office in Topeka, and the findings of that autopsy led to the charge being filed.

“I’m not going to reveal what the autopsy report’s findings are,” County Attorney Michael Gayoso said Tuesday. “Under Kansas law, that’s sealed.”

The prosecutor said the findings will be made known at Lloyd’s preliminary hearing. He said the child died at the home of a friend of the mother’s. The boy’s father was in the Crawford County Jail at the time.

Gayoso declined to discuss what police were told had happened to the child to cause him to become unresponsive. He said the five-month investigation focused on the question of whether the death was accidental.

In jail

Cara Lloyd, whose age was not available Tuesday through police, was scheduled to be arraigned today. She was being held on $500,000 bond.