The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

July 24, 2012

Joplin women charged with starving 3-year-old girl

JOPLIN, Mo. — A mother who took her 3-year-old daughter to a Joplin hospital unconscious, barely breathing and weighing a mere 12 pounds is facing a felony child-endangerment charge.

The Jasper County prosecutor charged Beth A. Williams, 26, and her roommate, Christina M. Haidle, 27, with first-degree child endangerment on Monday after a three-week investigation by Joplin police.

Joplin police Cpl. Chuck Niess said the girl was unresponsive when Williams took her to the emergency room of Mercy Hospital the morning of July 1.

A probable-cause affidavit states that the child tested for “a blood sugar level of zero,” had a body temperature “too low to register” and exhibited “a pulse so faint” that cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts had to be initiated.

The child, described as emaciated and apparently suffering from malnutrition, weighed just 12 pounds, 9 ounces, the affidavit states. A doctor told police that critical care was necessary to prevent “life-threatening deterioration” of the girl’s condition because of “dehydration, sepsis, circulatory failure, shock and respiratory failure.”

The girl was intubated at the Joplin hospital and was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, where she was diagnosed as suffering from chronic malnutrition, according to the affidavit.

The girl gained three pounds in the first four days of hospitalization, and her doctor told police that he could find no other cause for her previous failure to thrive other than “nutritional deprivation.” The affidavit states that the girl had gained two more pounds in less than one week’s placement with a foster family.

Niess said Williams told investigators that she went to work on the afternoon of June 30 and got off about 10 p.m. She gave her boyfriend a ride to his house and then went home and checked on the girl, Niess said.

“She said the child was fine, and she went to sleep,” Niess said.

She told police that Haidle woke her up the next morning and asked her how the girl was. The mother checked on her daughter again at that time and found her to be unresponsive, according to the account she gave police.

Probable-cause affidavits state that Haidle has been residing with Williams and her child at 1407 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Haidle reportedly told investigators that she has been a second provider of care to the child.

Police arrested the two women over the weekend, but charges were not filed with the court until Monday.

High bonds

BOND HAS BEEN SET at $500,000 each for Beth Williams and her roommate, Christina Haidle.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Embezzler from Joplin car dealerships sent to prison

    A federal judge has sentenced Kathryn M. Stayton to 13 months in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from Frank Fletcher Ford and Credit Cars of Joplin. U.S. District Judge Greg Kays assessed the 36-year-old Joplin woman the prison term at a sentencing hearing this week in federal court in Springfield. The judge also ordered the former controller at both car dealerships to pay restitution totaling $121,249. 51.

    April 18, 2014

  • Screening of MSSU presidential applicants to wrap by end of April

    The Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University could be in a position to name a president as early as the end of June, according to a timeline presented Friday by the co-chair of the presidential search committee.

    April 18, 2014

  • Teams from Carl Junction, Diamond advance in Destination Imagination

    Student teams from Carl Junction and Diamond will be traveling to Destination Imagination finals May 20-24 in Knoxville, Tenn., after being top finishers in competition this month at Missouri Southern State University.

    April 18, 2014

  • Neosho Dogwood Tour reset, after false start

    The 53rd annual Neosho Dogwood Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27. The event, presented by the Neosho Rotary Club and the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, originally was scheduled for Sunday, April 13.

    April 18, 2014

  • r041814capbus4.jpg Funding shortfall could hinder public transportation in Southeast Kansas

    For the past two years, Pittsburg State University sophomore Travis Cook has been using public transportation to get to and from his classes. He began using the bus his freshman year, when he didn’t have a vehicle to drive even to the grocery store — which is said to be the case for many who use the service.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bruner denied change of venue for murder trial

    Circuit Judge Gayle Crane has denied a change of venue for a defendant charged with fatally shooting an assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University. The attorney for Jeffrey Bruner claimed pretrial publicity as the reason for seeking a change of venue in Jasper County Circuit Court.

    April 18, 2014

  • Russell family sues city, Joplin police

    Family members of a teenage girl whose suicide a year ago brought them into conflict with police officers and emergency medical technicians are suing the city and the Joplin Police Department. Kevin and Julissa Russell and their son, Brant Russell, are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in Jasper County Circuit Court. The action filed on the Russells’ behalf by Kansas City attorney Andrew Protzman names the city, the Police Department and Officers Austin Wolf and Tyler Christensen as defendants.

    April 18, 2014

  • Kansas Regents stick with social media policy

    After directing a committee to study a controversial social media policy and make recommended changes, the Kansas Board of Regents appears to not be changing the policy at all. It’s left some in academia baffled by why it appointed the work group in the first place.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pittsburg Farmer's Market to open in new building, new location

    The official market season in Pittsburg, Kan., will kick off in the market’s new pavilion-style building at a new address, 11th and Broadway, on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Market hours will continue throughout the season on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon, with some Wednesdays or other special days throughout the season as announced.

    April 18, 2014

  • 041714 School safe rooms4_72.jpg Joplin school district readies community safe rooms for storm season

    Thousands of Joplin residents will soon be able to stay safe during storms in some of the region’s newest shelters. Community safe rooms at Cecil Floyd, Stapleton, McKinley and Eastmorland elementary schools, which double as gymnasiums, and Junge Field, which will double as a field house, are expected to be open within the next few weeks, according to Mike Johnson, the school district’s director of construction.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. The proposed constitutional amendment passed the House earlier this month. If passed by the full Senate, the measure would head to the November ballot for voter approval. Would you vote in favor of it?

Yes.
No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter