Bond reduced for Kansas mother charged in child’s death

August 3, 2018

WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — A judge has reduced the bond for a 26-year-old Kansas woman charged in the death of her young daughter.

Shelby Johnson, of Oxford, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, child abuse and aggravated child endangerment in the death of 7-month-old Jesslinn Hulett.

During a court appearance Thursday, Johnson’s bond was lowered from $250,000 to $100,000.

KAKE-TV reports that Johnson’s attorney asked for the bond reduction, saying Johnson has no prior criminal history and is not a flight risk. Johnson is also 26 weeks pregnant.

A criminal complaint filed last week accuses Johnson of beating and shaking Jesslinn, causing injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.

The girl’s father took her to a hospital in Sumner County April 1. She died at a Wichita hospital four days later.


Information from: KAKE-TV.

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