A Kansas mother who states she “lost it” when her two-year-old son declined to eat a hot dog has been convicted to more than 19 years in prison for beating her son to death.
Her son Anthony “Tony” Bunn died an awful death in May 2018, officials said in a statement.
24-year-old Elizabeth Woolheater of Wichita was sentenced on Friday, October 4, who declared guilty to murder and child abuse, the Wichita Eagle reported.
Tony’s grandma Nancy Woolheater said the judge she believes her daughter receives help in prison, sources reported.
“If he was here, I think the only question he would have for you is, ‘Why?’” the grandma said to the sources. “‘Why, mommy? Why didn’t you protect me? Why didn’t you love me enough? I loved you.’”
The toddler was beaten senseless and died two days later, the Sources report.
Reports show the Kansas child welfare agency was aware of the boy being abused before he died but the Child Welfare Agency did not take steps that could have protected him.
An affidavit says Elizabeth told officials that after she “lost it,” she struck Tony in the face and hit him over while her companion Lucas Diel kept the food in the boy’s mouth, sources confirm.
She then said she heard Lucas beat her son further. Lucas Diel, 26-years-old, was convicted to 49 years in jail for the child’s death.
The Sources report that Elizabeth confessed in court for her part in her son’s lethal beating and abuse.
“I know that I’ll never be able to make up for or undo the mistakes I made,” Elizabeth stated in a statement.