KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The death of a two-year-old Northland boy has a neighborhood shaken.
It would be one thing if it were an accident, said Kate Yates, a neighbor from across the street.
“I figured he jumped off the couch or got under the sink or you know — a million different things,” she said.
Yates empathized with the mother and her fiancee. She spent the weekend wondering what happened. She found out Monday morning.
“I found out that it wasn’t an accident or possibly wasn’t an accident and it really made my stomach turn,” she said.
Dallas Bogard, the mother’s fiancee, was charged with first degree assault by the Clay County prosecutor.
Bogard told detectives he called for help after an accident. He was watching the little boy, who would have turned three in April.
Bogard told police he heard a “thud” and found the boy under a bookcase. The boy’s mother was at work and told police the boy was fine when she left Friday morning.
The mother also told police her son had bruising on his neck, back and legs recently, but she thought he had an iron deficiency, and had planned on taking him to the doctor.
Bogard denied doing anything to the boy, who arrived at the hospital with a skull fracture and brain swelling. He didn’t survive the weekend.
Bogard plead not guilty in his first court appearance. He’s due back in court in late February. He faces 10 years to life if convicted on the assault charge.
The Clay County prosecutor could amend the charges depending on the medical examiner’s findings during the autopsy.