St. Louis-area woman sentenced for infant’s starvation death

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis area woman accused of starving her 2-month-old son was sentenced to five years in prison.

Bridgeton’s 27-year-old Makayla Hill was convicted Tuesday after pleading guilty to lowering her son Samuel Williamson Jr.’s risk of harming the child in 2018, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Hill was credited with over two years in prison that he had already served.

In return for her request, prosecutors dropped a second-degree murder charge.

In September 2018, Bridgeton police were called to a hotel where Hill was living with the infant and a toddler. The baby was later pronounced dead in a hospital, and an autopsy revealed that the 6-pound child died of severe malnutrition. Authorities said Hill did not feed the baby for about 12 hours before realizing it was unresponsive.

Records show the baby had been treated multiple times in hospitals near St. Louis before he died, with symptoms of being severely underweight and vomiting blood.

Hill’s attorney had planned for an expert witness to testify that the baby had a rare congenital disorder that could cause him to refuse food and not cry when hungry or thirsty.

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