- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2020

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman charged in connection with the 2015 death of a 2-year-old foster child in her care and injuries to a second toddler in her custody has been released on personal recognizance.

Kimberly Malpass, 39, of Auburn, was released after her remotely-held arraignment Tuesday on the conditions that she have no contact with the surviving child or unsupervised contact with any child under 16.

Not guilty pleas to charges of reckless endangerment of a child and misleading a police investigation were entered on her behalf.

Both children were found unresponsive in Malpass’ home on Aug. 15, 2015, according to a statement from the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

They were taken to the hospital with symptoms of heat stroke where Avalena Conway-Coxon was pronounced dead. They had been left in a room unsupervised for about 12 hours, the prosecutor said in court.

The second child, who was 22 months old, was in a coma for several weeks and suffered lifelong injuries, according to prosecutors.

The state medical examiner was unable to determine the cause of Avalena’s death.

Defense lawyer Peter Lacy said there were no prior allegations that his client was a negligent parent. He called the death tragic.

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