Kansas father gets 29 years in prison for killing 3-year-old

March 26, 2022 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A father was sentenced Friday to 29 years for killing his 3-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a wooded area of Kansas City, Kansas, in 2020.

The prison term for Howard Jansen III, 30, was handed down during a hearing in Wyandotte County District Court, the Kansas City Star reported.

Jansen pleaded no contest last month to charges of second-degree murder, child abuse, aggravated child endangerment and interfering with a law enforcement investigation. His girlfriend, Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick, is serving a 31-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in November to second-degree murder and interfering with a law enforcement investigation.

Police found the body of Olivia Jansen on July 10, 2020, hours after Jansen had reported her missing. An autopsy found she had signs of physical abuse and had died of a brain bleed. The girl’s killing touched off an internal investigation of the Kansas Department for Children and Families,