Mom of tot found dead in septic tank fuming that no charges filed against niece


Dec. Feb. 26, 2023, 9:00 a.m. ET

The mother of three-year-old Kenna Wilson said she wanted her niece charged with negligence.

An Indiana mother criticized a prosecutor’s decision not to charge the babysitter of her 3-year-old daughter – who is also her niece – after the toddler was found dead in a septic tank earlier this year.

Jill Humphries said she was devastated that her daughter Kenna Wilson’s death in October went unpunished.

“I want justice,” Humphries told Fox 19. “I don’t feel like justice was served. “She neglected my child and my child ended up dead in a septic tank.”

On Oct. 19, Humphries, a single mother of three from Versailles, Indiana, went to work after dropping off her daughter at her niece’s house. A few hours later, she received a frantic call from her sister.

“She was hysterical,” Humphries recalled. “She said there was something wrong with Kenna, she wasn’t moving. They are performing resuscitation measures.”

The infant was in the care of Humphries’ niece, who is a minor, when she escaped and ended up in a nearby septic tank, Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel said.

Jill Humphries (left) said she was devastated after prosecutors declined to press charges in the death of her three-year-old daughter, Kenna Wilson (right).

Kenna moved the lid of the tank and either climbed or fell in, he added.

When the toddler was rescued from the pool, according to her mother, she was “ice cold; She had feces in her hair and eyes.”

Kenna was rushed to Norton King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, where she was pronounced dead before her mother got there.

“I rocked her for probably six and a half hours until the coroner and the deputy coroner … promised me they would take good care of her,” Humphries said, sobbing.

Kenna died on October 19 after climbing or falling into a septic tank while in the care of her mother’s niece.

Kenna’s death was ultimately ruled an accident after it was determined that the young girl showed no signs of injury and there was no evidence of criminal behavior against her.

But her mother said she was heartbroken that no charges would be filed against her babysitter.

“She neglected my child and my child ended up dead in the septic tank,” Humphries said through tears. “She took something from me that is irreplaceable.”

The grieving mother, who also lost her sister just two days after her daughter’s death, said she often finds it difficult to get out of bed in the morning to go to work.

Hertel said in a statement that while his heart “goes out to Humphries,” there are “some situations that are terrible accidents.”

Humphries is considering filing a civil lawsuit in connection with Kenna’s death.

The toddler, the youngest of three children, was described in her obituary as a “joyful and happy little girl.”

“She was full of life, had a great imagination and loved swimming very much,” the obituary says. “She danced to all her little songs that she loved. Kenna loved playing with Barbie and her little teddy bear “Ted” brought her so much joy and comfort.”

Humphries wrote in a recent social media post that she “must find a way to survive without my beautiful baby girl.”

“She was beautiful and angelic until her last breath and I can’t imagine how this can happen,” she added.

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