Missouri man found guilty in death of 3-year-old
HARRISONVILLE - A central Missouri man has been convicted in the abuse death of a three-year-old boy that was reported as a fatal hit-and-run accident.
A Cass County jury found Thomas Presley guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and child abuse in the February 2012 death of his girlfriend's son, Blake Litton of Stover.
Presley told Morgan County authorities the child was injured by a hit-and-run driver on Missouri 135 after stepping out the car to go to the bathroom. But investigators determined the boy's injuries were not consistent with a car crash.
The pathologist said prompt medical care could have saved Blake Litton's life.
The child's mother, Jamie Litton, is scheduled to go on trial in August in Laclede County for first-degree murder.