A woman who pleaded guilty to abandoning her 5-year-old grandson at a west Wichita Kohl’s last summer was sentenced Thursday to nearly three years in jail.
Kathleen Williams, 42, appearing in person in a tan Sedgwick County Jail jumpsuit, received a 32-month sentence in connection with the shoplifting incident.
She pleaded guilty in January to a felony charge of theft after prior conviction and a misdemeanor charge of contributing to a child’s misconduct or deprivation.
Police have said Williams was caught shoplifting and fled from the Kohl’s store, leaving her grandson behind.
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She committed the theft while on probation from two 2013 theft convictions, Judge David Kaufman said in court Thursday.
Standing at a podium before Kaufman, Williams gripped a tissue, saying she wanted to do “whatever it takes to get back to my family.”
Prosecutors asked for a 29-month sentence, and Williams’ lawyer requested a 20-month sentence.
Kaufman sentenced her to 11 months for the felony theft charge, 12 months for the misdemeanor charge, and 9 months for her probation violation. Those sentences are to run consecutively.
Her grandson was placed in foster care as a result of the incident, as his father was unreachable and his mother was undergoing drug treatment.
No other relative showed up in court to claim him during a hearing last year.