Aunt of 3 year old charged with involuntary manslaughter

VIBURNUM, MO (KFVS) - A Viburnum woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 3-year-old nephew.

Marcia Kelly, 30, of Viburnum is charged with abuse of a child - resulting in death and involuntary manslaughter 1st degree.

Eric Kelly, 3, died at Cardinal Glennon Hospital on March 23 from brain injury.

An autopsy revealed he died from injuries common in child abuse cases.

Kelly was babysitting Eric.

She told police she had just fed Eric and her child lunch on March 22 and helped Eric down from his chair.  She told police when she started to get her son, she hear Eric fall in the living room floor and found him unresponsive, according to the probable cause statement.

Eric had bleeding inside the skull, bleeding within the eyes, two bruises on his forehead, and a lesion on the inner portion of his upper lip.

Hospital staff and the doctor who performed the autopsy said the injuries were not consistent with a short fall described by Kelly.

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