Authorities investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy in Holt, Mo., charged his father and stepmother Thursday.
Justin Ray Webb, 34, and Melissa Diane Webb, 32, were charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lucas Webb. They also were charged with felony child abuse
They were arrested Wednesday and were being held on $500,000 bond each.
According to court records, Melissa Webb became angry Aug. 24 and kicked the boy in the stomach. The boy’s ribs were fractured and separated.
Clinton County paramedics were sent to the home at 3:10 p.m. Monday on a report of an unresponsive child. The boy was rushed to a hospital, where he later died.
An autopsy revealed that the boy died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.