UPDATE: Couple Charged with Murder in Tot's Death
STOVER (AP) - A central Missouri mother and her boyfriend have been charged with 2nd degree murder in the fatal beating of a 3 year old boy.
21-year-old Thomas Presley and 25-year-old Jamie Ann Litton -- both of Stover -- face one count each of second-degree murder in the death of Litton's son, Blake Litton. Jamie Litton also faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Thomas Presley initially told police that Blake was killed in a hit-n-run accident on Highway 135 about 50 yards from his home. The Missouri State Highway Patrol interrogated Presley, he then admitted to kicking and beating Blake for urinating on himself until he was unconscious.
Presley texted Blake's mother, Jamie Litton, and according to the probable cause statement released by Morgan County Police, Presley told Litton that he "lost it" and had beaten her son to the point of paralysis. Litton attempted to leave her job but her boss did not allow her to go. Litton didn't leave work or tell anyone about the cause of her son's injuries. After the text conversation between Litton and Presley, Presley drove to the Golden Age Care Center where Litton works. Litton came outside of her job to meet up with Presley. Presley told Litton that he was going to fake a car accident in order to get the child medical treatment. The Morgan County Sheriff's Department says Blake was pronounced dead at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia Thursday morning.
Both Presley and Litton are being held at the Morgan County Adult Detention Center on a bond of $100,000.00 cash only.