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Joplin man gets 25 years in death of toddler

Eric Hicks Eric Hicks
Emjay Corn with his mother Nichole Hall Emjay Corn with his mother Nichole Hall

Updated December 20, 2013:  Authorities say Eric Hicks has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2011 death of a toddler.  Eric Hicks had plead guilty to second degree murder this past October.

Authorities say 18-month-old Emjay Corn had been left in the care of Hicks, the boyfriend of the toddler's mother.  Authorities say Hicks left the child alone at the home for about an hour while he received treatment at a methadone clinic.

Authorities said the child's mother had been away from the home getting hospital treatment for two days before the call.

 

Updated October 22, 2013:  A Joplin man has plead guilty to the 2011 death of a toddler.

On Monday Eric Hicks entered a guilty plea to second degree murder in the death of 18 month old Emjay Corn.

Authorities had previously said that in October 2011 the toddler was left in the care of Hicks, who is the boyfriend of the toddler's mother.  They said Hicks left the child alone at the home for about an hour while he received treatment at a methadone clinic.

Authorities said the child's mother, Nichole Hall, had been away from the home getting hospital treatment for two days before the call.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 20.

 

Updated March 9, 2012:  Murder charges are filed against a Joplin man who police say left an 18 month old home alone. Eric Hicks, 28, is now in custody for the death of 18 month old Emjay Corn.

Just yesterday child endangerment charges were dismissed against Hicks, after prosecutors had asked for another continuance in the case.

Today, prosecutors filed second degree murder charges against Hicks.

Authorities say in October the toddler was left in the care of Hicks, who is the boyfriend of the toddler's mother.  They say Hicks left the child alone at the home for about an hour while he received treatment at a methadone clinic.

Bond for Hicks is set at $50,000.

Authorities say the child's mother, Nichole Hall, had been away from the home getting hospital treatment for two days before the call.

Updated November 11, 2011:  Following an autopsy an 18 month old's death has been ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma.

Authorities say Emjay Corn was left in the care of his mother's boyfriend, Erick Hicks, 28, who said he left the child alone for about an hour on October 29.

Hicks was charged with child endangerment the following week.

The investigation into the death of Emjay Corn continues.

Updated November 1, 2011:  Police investigating the death of a Joplin toddler have arrested and charged the boyfriend of the child's mother.

The Joplin Police Department says Eric Hicks, 28, is charged with felony child endangerment.

Emjay Corn, 18 months, was found dead on Saturday afternoon.

Posted October 31, 2011:

News release issued by the Joplin Police Department

On 10-29-2011, the Joplin Police Department responded to 1322 Pennsylvania, in reference to the death of an 18 month old male child. Upon arrival officers found the victim deceased in the home.  The child, whose name is Emjay Corn, lived at the residence.

An autopsy has been scheduled for this afternoon in Columbia.

"It is important that we look at all the pieces of the investigation, before we make a determination as to what happened" says Lt. Gallup with the Investigations Bureau.

Lt. Gallup said, "The investigation will continue until we are certain that all evidence is obtained and we have a clear picture as to what occurred."

Police are awaiting preliminary autopsy results from this afternoon's autopsy. The investigation continues, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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