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March 27, 2014

Grandview baby sitter pleads guilty in infant’s death

Sonya Nerissa Perry also had been charged with child abuse and first-degree child endangerment in the death of Stephon McCoy. Authorities dismissed those charges as part of a plea agreement. Perry could face up to 13 years in prison when sentenced June 5.

A 30-year-old Grandview woman pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of a 3-month-old infant she had been baby-sitting during an overnight visit.

Sonya Nerissa Perry also had been charged with child abuse and first-degree child endangerment in the death of Stephon McCoy. Authorities dismissed those charges as part of a plea agreement. Perry could face up to 13 years in prison when sentenced June 5.

According to court records, Grandview officers were summoned to a residence in the 6200 block of 126th Street on Jan. 14, 2013. They found Stephon lying on a living room chair. An officer began chest compressions as paramedics arrived to assist. The baby was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center and later transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

The infant suffered numerous injuries, including a subdural hematoma, extensive brain damage, retinal hemorrhages in both eyes and bleeding within the skull, court records said. Stephon also had bruising to his inner thigh, left cheek and right temple.

The boy died three days later after his parents took him off life support.

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