This case hasn't really sparked our attention but it's important . . .
LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -- A judge has rejected the plea deal in the case involving a Lee's Summit daycare owner. Emily Hammerly is charged with felony child endangerment for failing to report child abuse back in 2019.
The latest from the courthouse tonight . . .
Jackson County Prosecutor's Office statement regarding Emily Hammerly's criminal case
The State will be prepared and ready to proceed with trial on both of the Hammerly cases. We will fight for justice on both cases independently. The plea agreement scheduled this morning in the Emily Hammerly case was offered in the hopes of limiting the three child victims’ courtroom testimony to one case, not two. It was also unfortunate that inaccurate information circulated regarding the original plea agreement.
As for Emily Hammerly’s case: Emily Hammerly is charged with a D felony of endangering the welfare of a child by allowing her son, Joseph Hammerly, access to these children. She’s also charged with a misdemeanor for failure to report as a mandated reporter in a timely manner.
We believed a plea agreement was an appropriate outcome in this case, based on the facts and the law. Another benefit to the plea agreement was that these three little girls would not be required to be witnesses at trial and subject to cross-examination. Often, such testimony is required to achieve a conviction and withstand an appeal. That is a hard truth in our system and one we are prepared to meet. While some of the families are upset about the circumstances of this plea, others are upset that this is the ultimate outcome for their children. We wish we were able to satisfy all involved while seeking justice through this system. Going forward, we will continue to work to achieve justice.
As for Joseph Hammerly’s case: From our first communication with the victim’s families and our initial charges, we are prepared to proceed to trial on his case, and we will seek justice for the harm done. Joseph Hammerly has been charged with two counts of Statutory Sodomy 1st Degree and a third count of Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child. This case is set for jury trial later this summer.
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