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Posted on: January 17, 2015

Murder charges filed in 2-year-old’s death; other child abuse charges filed

New criminal charges were filed today in two Kansas City child abuse cases, including the Jan. 9, 2015, homicide of 2-year-old Lorenzo Estrada, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced.

Mirsad Hamidovic, 23, now faces Murder 2nd Degree, as well as Abuse or Neglect of a Child, a Class B felony.*

In the second criminal case, Baker announced child abuse charges were filed today in connection with a 7-month-old boy whose lower body was burned but the child’s mother allegedly didn’t seek medical care for the injured child.

In the case of the 7-month-old boy, Ernestine Swinton, 26 (dob 9/29/1988), faces Abuse or Neglect of a Child, a Class B felony, or in the alternative Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st Degree, a Class C felony, as well as Domestic Assault 2nd Degree.*

According to court records, Swinton told police that the boy was burned in the bath. It was about a minute before he began to scream and his skin began to fall off. She feared losing custody of the child, so she treated the injury at home for days, she told police. A medical examination at Children’s Mercy Hospital revealed a burn covering 20 percent of the boy’s body; medical staff also expressed concern for failure to seek medical care. The boy will require long-term physical therapy to fully extend his legs and learn to walk.

Prosecutors requested a bond for Swinton of $50,000 cash.

In the case of Lorenzo Estrada, age 2, the defendant Hamidovic, dob: 5/5/1991, now faces Murder 2nd Degree for knowingly causing the death of the boy, as well as Abuse or Neglect of a Child, a Class B felony.*

According to court records, Hamidovic told police he was with the boy at the boy’s residence while the boy’s mother was at work. He tossed the victim off his back, Hamidovic said, and the boy’s head struck a table. The boy also hit his head on the corner of a speaker box and the boy also was hurt when the defendant twice jumped off a bed and came down on the victim’s chest twice. Hospital staff advised Kansas City Police Department detectives that the boy had head and brain injuries, as well as other non-accidental injuries, including a lacerated liver.

Hamidovic already is being held on a $500,000 bond.

*Charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until he has pleaded or been found guilty.*

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