Loss of Cady Harris is not the first time her mom has lived through death of a child

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The case involving the death of five-year-old Cady Harris is now in the hands of Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson. In a news conference Wednesday morning Thompson announced Marcus McGowan, 30, is now charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. Click here for more information on these and other charges McGowan faces.

Police found Cady dead following a police chase and shooting that ended in Leavenworth last Friday night, July 18. The girl's mother, Christina Harris, told FOX 4 her relationship with McGowan was a rocky one.

FOX 4 has also learned this is not Harris' first time dealing with the death of a child, and not the first time it involved a relationship filled with turmoil.

Cady is the third child of Harris’ to either die or be seriously injured. Her first son died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and her second is now severely mentally injured after being the victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

"In 2008 we had a horrible case of a shaken baby," Atchison County Attorney Gerald Kuckelman said.

Kuckelman said a four-month-old baby was injured so badly, he suffered permanent brain damage and was taken away from Harris. Her boyfriend at the time, Bryan Quinley was charged with abuse of that child.

Tom Forge was a juror in Quinley's trial.

"The evidence that was presentable in court was not enough to convict him on,” Forge explained.

That was the second child tragedy for Harris. Two years before, Harris and Quinley had a child, Bryan Quinley II, who died, authorities say, of SIDS at four-months-old.

"We heard about that and of course it raised all of our eyebrows, but we couldn't admit any of that information," Forge said.

"At the time the child lived with mother Christina Harris and Mr. Quinley,” Kuckelman said. “The jury ultimately found him not guilty, concluding that they weren't certain who caused the injuries."

No one else was ever charged with that crime. FOX 4 has learned that Harris has a history of violence, and has also been in trouble with the law. She was tried in a 2001 aggravated battery case and three years later...

"She had a case here. She was convicted of battery. Battery, obstruction and leaving the scene," Kuckelman said.

Kuckelman said Harris ran down a man with a car outside of a bar in 2004. For that, Harris received probation.

The child who was the victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome is now six years old. He is severely brain-damaged and has been adopted by the family who took care of him during the trial.

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  • Inlife

    This woman’s poor choices in life have led to the deaths of 2 of her kids and possibly the third. She will be pregnant by the end of the year. She needs someone to console her losses. Next in line!!!!??? Sick POS!

  • Teresa

    Very sad! The deaths of her children are not coincidence but of her own negligence! You have to want more for your kids and not keep them in harms way. I understand she was abused, but your children deserve better! Such a tragic situation!! I agree with INLIFE, she’ll be pregnant again and sounds like she may be just as responsible for what happened to her previous child since it was inconclusive who caused the injuries. She definitely has blood on her hands too at the very least for child endangerment! She shouldn’t be allowed to put any more children on this earth to suffer their fate!

  • Damon

    There is so much more to Harris’s background that Fox 4 isn’t reporting on. If you want further details into Harris’s questionable actions and interviews held with past jurors and prosecutors from the trial held for the baby that was shaken, hop on over to KCTV5.com

  • John R.

    She is a POS … and doesn’t deserve the opportunity to have another child & should be locked up for a period of time to reflect on the things that she has done & allowed to happen to the innocent children she brought into this world … she doesn’t care about her kids, she only cares about her worthless self !!!

  • Ronald

    She might be simply having children to collect welfare and when they no longer serve a purpose or get old enough to start to question mom’s behavior, they become expendable.

  • Robin

    When she turns up pregnant again, they should both (whoever willingly breeds with her), be charged with felony procreation. Isn’t it strange that it’s not socially acceptable to have people like this spayed and neutered? Sorry to equate then with dogs…dogs don’t deserve that.

  • Ben

    These women need to get some steel in their spine instead of allowing their children to be around men who don’t provide a peaceful or loving home. Some of these women are so insecure and needy that they allow a man to abuse them and their child. It is hard to respect someone like that. Personally, I think she is partially responsible for the death of this child.