Woman found guilty of murdering fiance's 2-year-old daughter in Gardner

Presley Porting
Presley Porting

A woman was found guilty Friday in the child abuse death of her fiance's 2-year-old daughter last year in Gardner.

Lindsey Thomasson pleaded no contest in Johnson County District Court to a charge of second-degree murder in the February 2017 death of Presley Porting, who is also identified in court documents as Presley Russom.

Thomasson, 25, also pleaded no contest to a charge of aggravated kidnapping.

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Lindsey Thomasson Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Johnson County District Court Judge Brenda Cameron found her guilty on all charges.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Covington said Friday that Presley died from blunt force trauma to the head — fatal injuries suffered while Thomasson was baby-sitting her.

He said Presley's father called 911 to report that his daughter was not breathing. First responders found the girl not breathing and cold to the touch. She had "severe bruising" on her face and head, and one of her eyes was swollen shut, he said.

He said one mark on her face appeared to have been made by a ring worn by Thomasson. Make-up had been applied to the girl's face.

Thomasson had told investigators that the girl was injured when a crutch fell and struck her on the head. Covington said that prosecutors believe Presley was killed by being struck multiple times.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 12.