Wichita mother gets probation in child’s death

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman will serve three years of probation in the death of her 6-year-old daughter in a fire last year.

Prosecutors say Ruthie Lee Bell was sentenced Wednesday for three counts of aggravated endangering a child and two counts of aggravated interference with parental custody.

Prosecutors say Bell’s 4-, 6- and 7-year-old girls were left alone last July. The 6-year-old found a lighter and started her clothes on fire, which spread to the room. The other two girls were treated for smoke inhalation.

KAKE-TV reports Bell believed a friend, Adrian Johnson, was going to watch the girls.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty last month to three counts of aggravated endangering of a child and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

 

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