- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The mother of a slain infant has pleaded guilty to two felonies for permitting her child to be around the man convicted of killing the baby in February 2014.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1ShmLJt ) that 25-year-old Anna E. Steele pleaded guilty to one count each of abuse or neglect of a child and first-degree child endangerment. Steele faces up to 14 years in prison.

Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight recommended Judge Christine Carpenter give Steele five years in prison for each count. He left it up to Carpenter to decide whether or not Steele should be granted probation.

Steele is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 4.

Steele’s attorney Andrew Popplewell declined the newspaper’s request for comment after the hearing.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, https://www.columbiatribune.com


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