Waynesville Woman Gets Life In Prison For Endangering The Welfare Of A Child Resulting in Death

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that in Circuit Court action Wednesday, Judge John Beger sentenced Angela West of Waynesville to life imprisonment in the Department of Corrections as a result of her plea of guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree Resulting in the Death of a Child.
The charges in this case arose on March 7th, after a student reported to his teacher and the school resource officer that his sister had died the night before in his home. Waynesville Police responded to the home in Waynesville and found a deceased five-year-old girl. During the investigation, Waynesville Police determined that the adults in the home regularly disciplined the victim by tying her up at night with ropes and if she cried, placing a sock in her mouth and covering it with duct tape. The cause of death was determined to be suffocation and the child had extensive ligature marks and bruises from the ropes. The child was also very malnourished. Angela West was one of the adults who participated in the abuse of the child resulting in her death.
Prosecuting Attorney Hillman says, “This is one, if not the most tragic case, I have seen in my thirteen years as Prosecuting Attorney. These were heinous acts perpetrated on a young and innocent victim over a long period of time and I commend Judge Beger for sentencing the defendant to life imprisonment for her role in this abuse and death of this child.”