Nathaniel Littlefield

Nathaniel Littlefield pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangerment.

JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) – A Kansas City man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after a toddler he was supposed to be taking care of died after being injured. 

Nathaniel Littlefield pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child endangerment. A judge then sentenced him to seven years in prison on each count and ran them consecutively for a total of 21 years.

According to court records, 16-month-old Messiah Henderson was taken to the hospital on May 29, 2016 after his mother returned from work and found that her child was unresponsive. 

He subsequently died on June 1, 2016.

Henderson had been in Littlefield’s care.

At the hospital, physicians determined that the child had sustained non-accidental trauma that was consistent with child abuse. Henderson had severe head trauma and a lacerated liver.

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