Trials Set for Strafford Couple in Infant's Death

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Almost four years after the death of their son, trial dates have been set for a Strafford couple charged with child abuse resulting in death.

Jeffery Nelsen, 33, and Roseanna Danley, 40, both entered pleas of not guilty on Friday (4/6/18) and were set to go on trial Oct. 29 in Greene County Circuit Court.

Judge Calvin Holden set a pretrial conference for each of the defendants for May 14, 2018.

According to court documents, the child died in June 2014, after a trip to the hospital for a high fever.   He was originally taken to the hospital on June 17 with a fever of 103.  Doctors recommended the child be admitted, but Danley and Nelsen declined and took him back home to an apartment on Norton Road in Springfield.

Two days later on the 19th, Danley called 911 because the boy was unresponsive.  CPR was performed, but the child died at the hospital.

An autopsy determined he died of peritonitis and sepsis and a ruptured appendix.

According to the probable cause statement from police investigators, the boy had two younger siblings who showed signs of neglect.

The court documents did not make clear why charges were not filed until three years after the death.

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