Man Pleads Guilty in Malnourished Child Case
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty on Friday in connection to a case of a malnourished girl found in the closet of an apartment.
Marcus Benson, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of child endangerment. A second child endangerment charge against Benson was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
In June, a malnourished 10-year-girl was found in a dark, filthy closet of an apartment in the 1300 block of Highland by police acting on a tip. Benson and the girl’s mother, 29-year-old Jacole N. Prince, were arrested and charged in the case.
Benson agreed to serve seven years in prison if he violates a five-year probation period. During that probation, he cannot have contact with the victim or other children under 17, must comply with all directions of Family Court and must complete a probation-approved parenting class.
Prince pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, child abuse and child endangerment in the case. She is set to go on trial next June.