A 24-year-old mother in Kansa, the United States has been arrested for beating her son to death as he refused to eat a hot dog. On Friday, she was sentenced to 19 years in prison for killing her two-year-old brutally. In August, Elizabeth Woolheater pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of child abuse for hitting Anthony 'Tony' Bunn on May 4, 2018, which led to his death. The toddler died two days after the incident. Elizabeth's boyfriend 26-year-old Lucas Diel was also involved in the crime. US Mother Kills Two-Year-Old Son for Bedwetting, Sentenced to 40 Years Jail,
While being arrested, Elizabeth told officials that she "lost it" when Tony refused to swallow pieces of hot dog for breakfast. The mother said that she slapped him across the face while Lucas held food in the boy's mouth. Elizabeth told police that she heard Lucas hitting the baby after she left the room. She returned to see the child with bleeding with a swollen face, a broken front tooth and injured lip. Texas Mother Sentenced 40 Years Prison for Letting Her Daughters Slowly Die in Car As She Partied.
Lucas was convicted of second-degree murder and is serving a nearly 49-year prison sentence. He had claimed that the baby hurt himself after falling from the bed. Anthony's maternal grandfather Zak Woolheater, who previously held custody of Bunn said his grandson was "the most amazing kid you will ever see". He said that he first suspected the toddler was being abused in October 2017 after seeing bruises and marks on his head and body. Absentminded German Parents Forget Baby Inside Taxi As They Return From Hospital After Birth of Child.
According to earlier reports, the abuse was reported to the state's child welfare agency seven months before he died. However, the Department for Children and Families did not do anything that could have helped in saving the child. While Elizabeth was being sentenced to 19 years jail, Judge Jeff Syrios told her, "Tony was under your charge. And your job was to raise him and protect him. You failed him in the very worst way possible."