Johnson Co. man charged with abuse and murder of pre-school child pleads guilty

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Kham Khamchanh was charged in Johnson County, Kan. with murder in the 1st degree for the death of a child on Jan. 11.

SHAWNEE, Kan. — A Johnson Co. man pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of first degree murder in connection the murder of a pre-school-aged child.

Johnson County prosecutors charged Kham Khamchanh, 38, with felony child abuse and first degree murder  on January 9, 2014 after they say his abuse of a child under 18 caused the child’s death.

Court documents allege that  Khamchanh tortured or cruelly beat and/or inflicted cruel and inhuman corporal punishment upon the child.

The abuse happened in the area of 51st and Farley in Merriam between November 12, 2013 and January 9, 2014, according to the complaints in the district attorney’s office. The court document indicates the child was born in 2010, likely making him or her three-years old.

Khamchanh is in custody on $1 million cash bond.