Once at the scene, officers found Jeffrey Exon’s 2-year-old daughter, Aurora, “unresponsive, cold to the touch, with an appearance that she had been dead for several days,” officials said.
Aurora was last seen alive on Dec. 26, 2020, authorities said.
She died from malnutrition, but when Exon, 47, called 911 on Jan. 5, he reportedly said his daughter was “starving herself,” police said.
During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Bethany Lee said Exon was “intoxicated and passed out in his bed for days on end,” which led to Aurora’s death, Front Page Detectives reported.
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Aurora’s brother also spoke at the trial, saying their father kept them in their room for days on end and didn’t give them anything to eat because he was sleeping, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
Police searched the home during the investigation and found multiple empty alcohol bottles in Exon’s room, officials said.
Court documents said Aurora “appeared to be in rigor mortis, stiffening of muscles which usually sets in 12 hours after death.”
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At the preliminary hearing, several people, including Exon’s brother, testified saying Exon had a drinking problem and he would “forget” to feed his children and care for them.
In April, Exon was convicted of first-degree murder in the commission of a felony, aggravated child endangerment, reckless but unintentional second-degree murder and failure by a parent to report the death of a child in connection.
On July 28, a judge sentenced Exon to 56 years and 11 months, officials said.
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