A Newton man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation death of his then-girlfriend’s toddler, who was left alone in a car seat to nap, has pleaded guilty.
Jason M. Bugner, 21, will be sentenced Jan. 15 in connection with the 2012 death of 18-month-old Farrah Pendland, according to Sedgwick County District Court records and district attorney spokesman Dan Dillon. Bugner could be ordered to receive between 31 and 136 months’ incarceration or probation, under Kansas sentencing guidelines.
Bugner remained in Sedgwick County Jail on Saturday in lieu of $100,000 bond, records show.
Left in Bugner’s care while her mother worked, Farrah died Aug. 30, 2012, after she was strangled by the strap of her car seat. According to her autopsy report, Bugner put the girl in the seat, fastening only the top buckles of the harness, and placed her on the edge of a futon mattress at the couple’s apartment while he visited a friend in another room.
When he checked on her later, Bugner discovered the car seat partially overturned, the report said; the child was suspended with the strap around her neck.
Bugner, who pleaded guilty Nov. 26, was arrested and charged in February, more than a year after the toddler died.
Sedgwick County District Court Judge David Kaufman will preside over Bugner’s sentencing hearing, Dillon said.