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Kristin Marie Phillips age 33, is the wife of a soldier who was off to Iraq, serving his country. She was also the mother of 3 children. I use the word “was” because now her youngest child, baby Alexis Nikohl Phillips is dead and Kristin’s accused of starving her to death.

Baby Alexis Phillips

(Baby Alexis would have turned 1 year old today)

Last Thursday, Kristin Marie Phillips was arrested and charged with the abuse of and death her 11-month-old child. The child was found last month in her mother’s arms at the family home at Fort Leonard Wood, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Fort Leonard Wood

Kristin appeared to be in the middle of having some sort of seizure. She and the baby were taken to the hospital, where Alexis was pronouced dead soon after they arrived. An autopsy was done and revealed that baby Alexis had died at least a day earlier and had NOT been fed for at least a day before that. When I read this, I literally lost my appetite. The baby died a day before, that means rigormortis had likely set in and the baby had started the early stages of decomposition?!!! I just can’t wrap my head around this one for the life of me! Seriously what is going on with the Army wives???

I read the book Army Wives, I saw the lifetime series of the same name. I know it has got to be hard on them when their husbands deploy and they are left as basically single mothers for a while-but this mom’s brain cleary snapped into like 10 different pieces. Read theKristin Phillips Affidavit, and Phillips Affidavit2 you will know exactly what I am talking about. Once you read it, you will wonder just as I did-where was the support, why didn’t someone intervene on the children’s behalf ? Neighbors told news reporters that “Everybody helps everybody” and that their community was one of “togetherness.”Read about the condtions of that home and the condtions of the other young child in the home.

No one helped these children and certainly not their mother who apparently was overwhelmed with her responsibilities as a caretaker-But at the same time, mom could have asked for help too. The military is a place where there is help available for those that need it-there IS access medical care and other types of services. The sad thing is in some military families, pride, keeping up appearances or is it just plain stupidity that prevents the wife from calling for assistance? Whatever the reason ,it won’t help this poor baby or her mother now.

The 13-year-old daughter told the police her mom took the baby and locked herself in the master bedroom. The next thing the girl remembers hearing is mom saying “Oh God” over and over again. Phillips is being assigned a public defender and is in a federal detention center, awaiting another hearing on 3/18/08.

Sources:

Fox News

News Leader.com-Springfield,Mo

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NEWS RELEASE

(Source: http://kansascity.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/murder040208.htm Federal Bureau of Investigation-Kansas City Field Division)

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JOHN F. WOOD

Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html

APRIL 2, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORT LEONARD WOOD WOMAN INDICTED FOR MURDER OF INFANT DAUGHTER
CHILD ABUSE ALLEGED IN DEATH

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a woman at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., was indicted by a federal grand jury today for killing her infant daughter.

Kristin Marie Phillips, 33, of Fort Leonard Wood, was charged with killing her 11-month-old daughter, Alexis Phillips, by depriving her of nourishment in the perpetration of child abuse. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Phillips on March 13, 2008. Phillips’ husband is a soldier who was deployed to Iraq at the time of the alleged offense but has since returned to Fort Leonard Wood.

Wood cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Kelleher. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation Division of the United States Army.

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This news release, as well as additional information about the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, is available on-line at

http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html

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