Daycare Charges Dropped

Prosecutors in Johnson County have dropped a felony child abuse charge brought against a Shawnee day care operator, citing new evidence that showed the child was unharmed when he left her care.

The Kansas City Star reported that 55-year-old Katherine Konon was charged in 2019 of striking a 6-month-old boy, causing a brain bleed.

The baby’s parents claimed he was covered in vomit, and had red marks on his face when he was picked up from day care.

But a court motion filed in March said an assistant prosecutor became aware of a photograph taken by a relative of the child shortly after leaving the day care.

In the photo, the baby did not appear to have markings on his face, and was not covered in vomit as his parents suggested.

Konon’s defense attorney said Konon is evaluating her options after losing a business she ran for more than a decade, and incurring court-related costs.