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Wichita dad pleads guilty in baby’s death. DA says case shows danger of co-sleeping

Couple charged in death of infant make first court appearance

Kyle Kempton and Christy Rollings made their first court appearance on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Both were charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of an infant child in a west Wichita motel room the previous week.
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Kyle Kempton and Christy Rollings made their first court appearance on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Both were charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of an infant child in a west Wichita motel room the previous week.

A 34-year-old Wichita father has pleaded guilty in the Aug. 30 death of his 2-month-old twin son, the District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Kyle Kempton pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter and four misdemeanor counts of endangering a child, the office said in an email statement.

The office noted that Kempton and Christy Rollings — mother of Kempton’s 2-month-old twin sons — were charged with the same crimes.

The charges stemmed from the death of 2-month-old Patrick Kempton, who died in a West Kellogg motel room.

“Kempton rolled over onto the baby, smothering him, while both were in bed,” the office said. “Rollings and Patrick’s twin brother were asleep on the floor. Kempton and Rollings were highly intoxicated.”

The office said it agreed with an American Academy of Pediatrics policy that discourages co-sleeping with infants.

Kempton faces a Jan. 22 sentencing hearing.

Last month, Rollings was sentenced to probation for the manslaughter charge and 24 months in jail on the misdemeanors.

Tim Potter has covered crime and safety for The Eagle for more than 20 years. His focus is the story behind the story and government accountability. He can be reached at 316-268-6684.

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