11 month old Alexis was the daughter to Kristen Phillps and Jason Phillips of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While Jason Phillips was deployed to Iraiq serving his country his wife Kristen was at home slowly murdering their children. On Febuary 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm emergency medical services, miltary police, and CID responded to 2 911 calls in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The calls were belived to be made by the oldest daughter. Authories forced their way into Kristen's bedroom as she was having seizures with the baby in her arms, when she snapped out of it she was agitated and screaming, "Don't touch me, take care of my baby, why aren't you taking care of my baby?" and "Let me die, get away from me and let me die." Baby Alexis was already cold and she had no pulse. Next to the bed were two empty bottles of Flexeril and Ultram , and a empty bottle of southeren comfort.
She was taken to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and received medical treatment for over-dosing on pills and alcohol and psychiatric care according to FBI Special Agent John R. Smith. The baby was legally pronounced dead at 10:00 p.m by Dr. Douglas Haberman. Sgt. Jason Phillips came home but his children were still put in the care of CPS. I was never able to find out why he didn’t have them.
Alexis Nikohl Emily Phillips had bruises around her neck, on the back of her head, and immersion burns on her thighs, butt and back. Reports would later contradict this statement saying there were no bruises.
EMS took off the diaper of Minor child #1 and it had a very large amount of dried feces in the diaper and on him. The EMS personnel rinsed layers off of him. Special Agent Smith describes the Phillips home as living in squalor. He says there was spoiled food, trash and dirty laundry all throughout the house and it had a strong smell of urine and feces. There were also a large quantity of empty liquor bottles laying around as well as overfilled diapers along with the other garbage strung throughout the house. Minor child #2 and Minor child #3 said before authorities arrived their mom (Kristin) locked herself in the bedroom with Alexis. MC#2 heard her mother scream “Oh my God” several times. MC#2 said she wasn’t sure what happed but suspected her mother killed Alexis.
The crib in Kristin’s bedroom was soaked and had a pool of blood and urine at the bottom of it.
On Friday, February 22, 2008, Dr. Doug Anderson, a Forensic Pathologist and Mrs. Amanda Yoder with Southwest Missouri Forensics, performed an autopsy on Alexis. The autopsy showed only a small amount of feces and food in her bowels therefore she had not eaten in at least 24 hours prior to her death. Dr. Anderson said the cause of her death was dehydration, starvation, malnutrition and most likely sepsis. What the doctor’s thought were immersion burns was actually a severe rash from laying in her own urine and defacation for extremely long periods of time. Dr. Anderson said baby Alexis hadn’t been dead for more than 72 hours but no less than 24 to 30 hours. He said she probably died February 20, 2008.
She was found guilty of failing to report a death and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 90 hours of of community counseling and then two years of supervised probation.
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