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Mid-MO Mother Pleads Guilty

*** UPDATE 9:49 P.M. ***A Mid-Missouri woman has now said she’s responsible for crimes surrounding her baby’s death. Megan Ayers plead guilty to endangering both of her children and having drugs on Monday Her baby was found dead in her Holts Summit home over the summer when Ayers and her boyfriend, Bryan Sartor were allegedly high on meth.New autopsy results of the baby showed he died by natural causes so instead of murder, prosecutors charged Ayers with putting her 9 month old son in danger by using drugs.It is Ayers second endangering the welfare of a child charge, the first is in reference to her two year old daughter being in the home”The report reached a single conclusion and that was the child’s death was due to natural causes, it was a medical condition,” said Callaway County Prosecutor Chris Wilson. In June both Ayers and Sartor admitted to police to using meth before putting Kyson Wayne Weathers to bed. When the couple checked on him eleven hours later he was blue and not breathing. Currently the autopsy results are why both Ayers and Sartor won’t face murder charges.”In order to charge them with homicide obviously we would have to have some evidence that they did something to the child intentionally or recklessly, or that the drug exposure was the cause for the child’s death. But we simply did not have that evidence,” Said Wilson.Monday Ayers admitted to putting her kids in harms way that night in June, and now a judge could sentence her to as many as 21 years behind bars.Ayers plea of guilty was not part of a plea agreement offered by prosecutors, she chose to make it herself.Currently Sartor has not been charged with a second count of endangering a child. His trial is set for February.Until Sartor’s trial officials told ABC 17 News they can’t release any more information into what medical condition caused Kyson to die.*** ORIGINAL STORY ***A Holts Summit woman pleaded guilty Monday morning, months after her baby boy was found dead in his crib at 964 South Summit Drive. Megan Ayers, 31, entered an open guilty plea Monday morning in Callaway County circuit court for two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of a controlled substance. A misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia was dropped. Ayers faces a sentencing hearing on January 23, 2013, and could get up to of 21 years in prison. When asked if if he had considered filing murder charges against Ayers. Callaway County Prosecutor Chris Wilson said that nothing in the medical examiner’s autopsy report nor in the toxicology report warranted a homicide charge. Ayers’ co-defendant, Bryan Sartor, 23, still faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia in Callaway County. Sartor waived formal arraignment in late October, 2012 and pleaded not guilty. Wilson says Sartor’s jury trial is scheduled to begin February 6, 2013.

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