Ottumwa woman's conviction in death of toddler upheld

Kashenna Tucker listens to testimony during her February 2014 murder trial./KTVO

An Ottumwa woman convicted in the death of a toddler has lost her appeal.

In 2014, three-year-old Wysdom Evans died while in the care of Kashenna Tucker.

It wasn't until 2017 that Tucker faced a bench trial after being charged with First-Degree Murder.

Tucker's defense argued that she was unaware of how seriously injured the child was after falling on concrete steps.

Judge Daniel Wilson declined to convict Tucker on the murder charge, saying her story, while implausible, was possible.

Instead, Wilson found her guilty of Child Endangerment Causing Death. She was sentenced to not more than fifty years in prison.

Tucker appealed the decision, arguing the evidence wasn't sufficient to convict her on the child endangerment charge.

Thursday, the Iowa Court of Appeals declined to overturn her conviction.

The court acknowledged the evidence could have supported a different verdict. However, the appeals court decided that the law made it clear that the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to sustain a conviction.

Tucker will remain in custody, she will have the option of appealing the decision to the State Supreme Court.

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