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Man gets 13 years for child-abuse murder of Shawnee baby

OLATHE — A 27-year-old man was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for the child abuse-related death of an infant girl in Shawnee.

Aaron Peck pleaded no contest in November to intentional second-degree murder in the 2015 death of 7-month-old Analeece McHenry-Widmer.

The Kansas City Star reports Peck was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years and 11 months in prison.

Peck shared an apartment with the baby's mother.

Paramedics called to the apartment said the baby was having convulsions. Doctors determined she suffered severe head trauma.

Peck initially told police that a 2-year-old child in the home injured the girl but doctors said a young child could not have inflicted the injuries she suffered.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Only 13 years? Pot smokers get longer sentences.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jillian Andrews

13 years for the life of a child? Shameful.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Gary Pomeroy

Agreed. However judges in this state are required (without special circumstances0 to follow the sentencing guidelines. Those are promulgated by the Kansas Sentencing Commission who had that power and authority delegated to them by the legislature. Usually if there is a problem with a sentence it can be traced back to the legislature in the final instance.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Richard Aronoff

Put him in general population and let his fellow inmates find out what the did. He won't last a week.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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MerriAnnie Smith

Did the child suffer physical abuse all its life?

The sentencing guidelines need to be longer, if so. That would be a special circumstance, imo.

Was there no evidence of longer-term abuse? Did anybody check for that? Those are my questions.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Bill Turner

Not really enough details here. Was this a shaken baby? What do they think happened? Not that either is acceptable, but there is a difference between someone who shakes a baby out of frustration and someone who maliciously murders a baby. Both exist.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

Shaken baby should be second degree murder at the very least. And I don't understand how anyone is stupid enough to think you can calm a crying baby down by shaking or beating it. Does that make an adult calm down. No excuse.

3 months, 2 weeks ago

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