Missouri women plead not guilty in separate child deaths

February 7, 2022 GMT

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — Two women charged in separate child deaths in Laclede County both pleaded not guilty to charges at arraignments on Monday.

Naomi Johnson pleaded not guilty to second-degree involuntary manslaughter in the June 3, 2020 death of 1-year-old Kimber McDowell at Johnson’s unlicensed daycare in Lebanon.

Investigators said previously that Johnson had swaddled the child and left her on a bed before realizing she was breathing, KYTV reported.

A disposition hearing is set for April 4.

In the second case, Angela Coleman, of Lebanon, pleaded not guilty to first-degree child endangerment in the Aug. 29, 2021, death of 3-year-old Mason Sadler. The toddler drowned in a pond while Coleman was supposed to be watching him.

A judge on Monday granted a request from Coleman’s attorney to transfer the case to Camden County.