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Life term in death of baby found in concrete

Life term in death of baby found in concrete
MAX LONDBERG, The Kansas City Star
PUBLICATION: Kansas City Star, The (MO)

SECTION: local

DATE: September 9, 2015
A Pleasant Hill woman was sentenced to life in prison in the death of her baby, whose body was found in a rope-handled tub filled with concrete.

A Cass County jury in April found Krystal Scroggs, 30, guilty of second-degree murder after she failed to seek medical attention in the hours after giving birth in October 2013. She also was convicted of abandonment of a corpse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors said the baby was born with enough methamphetamine in his system to kill an adult.

Before Circuit Judge R. Michael Wagner issued the sentence, Scroggs pleaded for leniency through tears.

“I did make wrong choices. I chose to do drugs,” she said. “I never meant for anything bad to happen.”

She also spoke about missing out on her other children’s lives.

“Please don’t take me away from them forever,” she said.

Scroggs’ four other children, who remain in extended family custody, all had traces of meth in their system.

Cass County Prosecutor Ben Butler said the jury agreed that Scroggs’ failure to take her newborn to a hospital or call 911 was the cause of the baby’s death.

“A life was lost and four others were jeopardized,” he said.

Scroggs’ attorney, John Picerno, said he had already filed a notice of appeal. He argued the state did not provide irrefutable evidence that Scroggs’ failure to seek medical attention led to her baby’s death.

Her husband, Matthew Scroggs, faces trial in April 2016. He is charged with the same counts relating to the baby, plus tampering with a vehicle.