2012 News Releases

Coffey County woman sentenced in child’s death

Release Date: Jul 05, 2012

Karen BaileyBURLINGTON – (July 5, 2012) – A Coffey County woman will spend more than 13 years in prison after being sentenced today in the death of her newborn son, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Karen Marie Bailey, 23, of LeRoy, was sentenced today to 161 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. She previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated endangerment of a child on June 1. Judge Phillip M. Fromme handed down the sentence in Coffey County District Court.

Bailey gave birth to her son on April 2, 2011, in her car between Iola and LeRoy. She then left the infant unattended in the car for several hours, resulting in his death.

Assistant Attorney General Lee Davidson and Coffey County Attorney Doug Witteman prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office, Iola Police Department and Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo courtesy of Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

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