OLATHE, Kansas - A northeast Kansas woman whose 6-year-old son was found starving
in the attic of her home has pleaded guilty to child abuse and
The Kansas City Star reports that 27-year-old Rachel Perez, of
De Soto, also pleaded no contest Friday in Johnson County court to
attempted second-degree murder. She cried as the judge read the
charges against her.
Perez was accused of keeping her son, who has Down syndrome,
cooped up in her attic and lying to investigators who went to her
home to check on the boy.
Deputies found him Aug. 17 covered with feces and urine in the
unfinished attic and so starved that his ribs showed.
A pediatrician testified last month that the boy would have died
within days if he hadn't been found.