WICHITA — A Great Bend woman who pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless murder in the death of her infant son while he was in a Wichita hospital this morning received a 109-month sentence.
In 2008, three and a half months after Robby Cox was born, he died from severe head injuries, a coroner concluded. While he was alone with his mother in his room at Wesley Medical Center, he suffered skull fractures and rib fractures, authorities said.
This morning in Sedgwick County District Court, Megan Mott's public defender, Steve Osburn, asked Judge Anthony Powell to grant her probation.
But Powell rejected Osburn's argument that she deserved leniency. Powell said giving probation would send the message "that the people of this community don't care about this child."
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"It's more than a tragedy, Powell said. "It's an atrocity.
"Payment has to be made for the death of your son," he told Mott.
Robby's death on Feb. 1, 2008, marked the second of seven child-abuse homicides in Wichita that year, a string that alarmed the community.