Wayne couple sentenced to 25 years in toddler's death

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comMarch 13, 2013 

A Wayne County man and woman were each sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday in the 2011 death of the woman's toddler, Wayne Circuit Chief Deputy Clerk Kimberly Silvers said.

Last month, a jury convicted Kayla Lord, 22, and Jared Futrell, 20, of murder in the death of Staten Stephenson, Lord's 18-month-old son, Silvers said.

The Herald-Leader reported in 2011 that according to a criminal complaint filed in Wayne district court, the unresponsive toddler was taken to a Wayne County emergency room July 16 "with evidence of blunt-force trauma." Staten was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he underwent several emergency surgeries, but he did not regain consciousness. Life support was turned off July 26, 2011, the archives said.

According to the complaint, Monticello police interviewed Lord and Futrell multiple times, and neither provided an explanation for the cause of the child's injuries.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409.Twitter:@vhspears

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