January 31, 2014

Murder charge filed in Merriam child death

The 3-year-old girl allegedly was the victim of abuse over a period of several weeks before she died at a hospital last month

Prosecutors accused a 38-year-old Shawnee man Friday in the child abuse death of a 3-year-old Merriam girl on Jan. 11.

Kham Khamchanh faces charges of first-degree murder and child abuse. Bond was set at $1 million.

The victim allegedly was abused between Nov. 12 and Jan. 9, when Merriam police were called to investigate a medical emergency at a residence in the 9900 block of West 51st Terrace.

The injured girl was taken to a hospital where she died several days later, according to police.

Authorities did not released the child’s name and did not say the relationship between the child and Khamchanh.

Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com

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