May 2, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that a jury has found Joanie Fowler, a resident of Pemiscot County, guilty of child endangerment in the first degree for knowingly failing to contact medical help for at least 30 minutes after learning that her two-year-old daughter had suffered a head injury.
Evidence at the trial showed that on the morning of September 30, 2009, Fowler’s boyfriend, Mathew Dillon Taylor, told her he hit the two-year-old in the head. Fowler found her daughter unconscious, fighting for breath. However, Fowler did not call for medical help for at least 30 minutes. She lied to 911 about the cause of the accident, claiming she had been involved in a four-wheeler wreck earlier in the day. The two-year-old died of her injuries a few days later. A doctor from the hospital testified at trial that had medical help been sought even 30 minutes earlier, the child may have survived.
Mathew Taylor pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree for his role in the death. He is currently serving a 20-year sentence in prison.
Fowler’s sentencing is set for June 27 in Scott County. The trial was moved in a change of venue from Pemiscot to Scott County.