- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas woman has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for the beating death of her boyfriend’s 4-year-old son.

KNZA-FM reports (https://bit.ly/1pbWrke ) 30-year-old Janice Summerford, of Hiawatha, was sentenced Monday in Brown County District Court.

Mekhi Boone died in March 2013, two days after he was taken unresponsive to a hospital. His father, Lee Davis IV, is serving nearly 20 years for second-degree murder and felony child abuse.

Prosecutors said Summerford was the father’s live-in girlfriend and the little boy’s primary caregiver. She entered Alford pleas last month to second-degree murder, child abuse and interfering with law enforcement.

An Alford plea does not admit guilty but acknowledges that prosecutors can likely prove the charge.

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