Editor’s note: The deceased child’s age has been corrected. She was 4 years old.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City woman has been charged in connection with the death of a child and neglecting another child.
Adair R. Fish, 43, faces multiple charges including abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death, abuse or neglect of a child, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to court records, Kansas City police were dispatched to the 5700 block of St. John Avenue on Nov. 3 for a report of a dead 4-year-old child.
Officers found two children, one deceased and the other non-responsive.
A 911 call was made by Fish and during the call with the police and paramedics, she stated that one of the children has been dead for several days and the other was unresponsive.
According to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Fish was the legal guardian of the child and had care, custody, and control of their health and well-being.
“I’ve been here two years and I’ve never seen the kids,” Ajanae Brent, who lives in the same building as Fish said. “I have never seen the woman. I have never seen any of them.”
Investigators said the apartment was cluttered with trash, debris, old food, and other items.
“It just breaks my heart so bad because it’s like that baby didn’t get to go to head start,” Brent said. “That baby was five, so she didn’t go to kindergarten, she can’t do anything.”
The deceased 4-year-old was found among the debris.
Medical records for Fish’s surviving child said the doctor diagnosed neglect, psychological maltreatment, and concern for physical abuse.
A doctor diagnosed that the dead child suffered from malnutrition and dehydration.
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