January 25, 2006
Macon, Mo. — The Attorney General’s Office today filed a felony charge of abuse of a child against Kathy Hyatt (DOB: 1-13-70) of Macon for allegedly shaking a baby under her care. The Attorney General’s Office was appointed special prosecutor in the matter after the Macon County Prosecuting Attorney recused himself on a conflict of interest.
The defendant is charged with abuse of a 1-year-old child who was under her care. On or about Dec. 9, 2004, the child whom Hyatt was baby-sitting was taken to a hospital. The Attorney General’s Office alleges the child’s injuries were consistent with having been shaken.
Abuse of a child is a class B felony under Missouri law, punishable by a term of imprisonment between five and 15 years. The charge against Hyatt is merely an accusation and, as in all criminal cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.