Grandview Woman Charged in 3-Month-Old Baby’s Death

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jackson County prosecutors have charged a Grandview woman in the death of a three-month-old boy in her care.

Sonya Nerissa Perry, 30, faces charges of abuse of a child, endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and second degree murder for the death of Stephon McCoy.

At the time, Perry lived with the baby's uncle. She agreed to watch the boy at her apartment on January 13th, but called 911 the next night to report Stephon was not breathing. He died a few days later on January 17th.

"I talked to her once and asked her what happened and she was like she don't know what happened. He was fussy and she don't know what happened to him," said Ashley Johnson, the baby's mother.

According to court records, Grandview Police interview the McCoy's grandmother and she remembered the little boy having a black around December 19th and Perry telling her that Stephon fell off the couch, which caused his black eye.

At the time Ashley Johnson didn't think it was suspicious.

"I just brushed it off because it was my brother's girlfriend and it sounded like he was okay," Johnson said.

Now she believes Perry abused her son back in December. The day before McCoy was taken off of life support, detectives say Perry admitted to them that she had "lightly shaken" him and acknowledged being frustrated with the baby.

"It's never going to bring him back, so no matter how many years she gets, she's still breathing. I have to go to a grave site and talk to my son," Johnson said.

Sonya Perry has past convictions for 3rd degree assault in 2001 and 2005, plus resisting arrest in 2006.

She's being held on a $250,000 bond.

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