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Posted on: July 30, 2023

Jackson County judge sentences Kansas City woman to 20 years for abuse of a child

For Immediate Release

July 30, 2023

.A Jackson County judge on Friday sentenced a Kansas City woman to 20 years in prison after she was convicted for severely beating two children while the children were in her care in a Kansas City residence, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

In March, a Jackson County jury convicted Nancy Russell, dob: 12/1/1982, of four Class B felonies of Domestic Assault 1st Degree and four counts of Armed Criminal Action. On Friday, July 28, 2023, the judge sentenced the defendant to a total of 20 years in prison.

According to court records, in October 2017, police in Kansas City were alerted by Arkansas police of possible child abuse. A family member had come forward to say that one of the children had been abused at a home in Kansas City in the area of 53rd and Hardesty. The child was reportedly walking with a limp and had gashes on the head. Forensic interviews in Arkansas disclosed the defendant struck the child with a cord and metal pipe. 

Disclaimer Statement in cases of Assault to Reflect a Victim-Centered Approach: To protect the identity of the victim, we redact pronouns, age, home address, occupation and relationship to the defendant, or other identifying information that does not override a legitimate public interest. We request that only necessary information be provided to the public in a way that does not identify or further harm the victim. In rare cases, we will redact the name of the defendant in our public release- to protect the identity of the victim. Additional details are available upon request.

 Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Jill Icenhower and Mitchell Widener prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile : (816) 674-3954

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