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KC mother pleads guilty to abusing daughter locked in closet

  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at 7:16 a.m.

The Kansas City woman whose emaciated 10-year-old daughter was rescued from a locked closet in 2012 pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony child abuse, child endangerment and assault charges.

Jacole Prince, 30, appeared before Judge John Torrence in Jackson County Circuit Court, dressed in an orange jail-issued jumpsuit.

Prince pleaded guilty to a charge of child endangerment for not getting her daughter, known as LP, medical treatment.

Prince told the judge that she was pleading guilty to the assault and child abuse charges because she thought that because of the strength of the state’s case, a jury would convict her.

LP was pulled from the closet in June 2012. Her story shocked the community.

A sentencing date was set for April 25. Prosecutors agreed they would seek no more than 20 years in prison.

Prince was charged with first-degree assault, abuse of a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Her former boyfriend, Marcus Benson, pleaded guilty to child endangerment and initially was sentenced to five years of probation.

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