By The Sun Staff

 

A Labette County judge last week ordered a Parsons woman to stand trial on allegations of child abuse.

Samantha C. Steig, born in 1993, 3003 Rosewood, is charged with abuse of a child, a level five felony, and intimidation of a witness, a level six felony.

The complaint alleges that on Jan. 31 Steig caused injury to the child and told the child not to talk about it.

The child’s babysitter noticed bruising on the right side of the child’s face in February and spoke to her when driving her to school. The day care provider said it took some prodding but the girl finally told her: “Mommy hit me and she told me not to tell anybody.”

She reported what the child told her to an adult in the child’s family circle.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families investigated and interviewed the child. The investigator mentioned other allegations she knew of in the family, though Steig’s attorney, Shane Adamson, objected to them.

The girl told the investigator that her mother threw her to the ground and used cross words toward her. The child said her mother told her she was to tell people she was running away from her mother and ran into a door.

Pictures of the girl’s bruised face were shown to witnesses, who also described bruising on the girl’s shoulder and the back of her leg.

The girl was sent to Children’s Mercy, where doctors concluded her injuries resulted from physical abuse.

Adamson noted the changing stories in his request that his client not be ordered to stand trial. But Judge Jeffry L. Jack ordered Steig to stand trial.

She will be arraigned on Aug. 28.

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