Police: South Dakota woman confesses to fatally kicking, stomping on 5-year-old

Police: South Dakota woman confesses to fatally kicking, stomping on 5-year-old
Julia Lee Carter is accused of kicking and stomping a 5-year-old boy to death. (Source: Dakota News Now via Davison County Sheriff's Office)

MITCHELL S.D. (Dakota News Now/Gray News) - A 21-year-old South Dakota woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old after he died from abuse injuries.

Mitchell police received a call from 21-year-old Julia Lee Carter as she was headed to the emergency room because the boy was not breathing. Medical workers performed life-saving measures, but they were unsuccessful as the 5-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital.

An autopsy indicated that the 5-year-old suffered a significant amount of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

Police said Carter confessed to authorities that she kicked and stomped on the 5-year-old abdomen several times. She was arrested on charges of first-degree manslaughter and abuse or cruelty to a minor.

Carter lived in the same home as the victim.

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