Alexis Nikohl Emily Phillips

March 17, 2007 - February 20, 2008
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Sergeant Jason Phillips was away from home, serving in Iraq while his wife, Kristin, who was 33 years old at the time,  was home, living on the Army Base, raising the children. Living with her were her four children, three girls and one boy, ranging in age from 14 years to 11 months old.

On February 21, 2008, two calls went out to 911 from Kristin's home around 9:15 p.m., reports say that the 14 year daughter of Kristin is the one who made the call. When responders broke into her bedroom, Kristin appeared to be having a seizure and when she came out of it, she was upset and saying things like "don't touch me" and "let me die", Kristin was holding Alexis at the time and she said:

"Don't touch me. Take care of my baby. Why aren't you taking care of my baby"

Police noted that beside the bed was an empty bottle of Southern Comfort as well as two prescription bottles, both empty, one for Flexural and one for Ultram. Alexis was already dead, but she and Kristin were taken to the hospital. Kristin was treated for medication and alcohol overdose as well as given Psychiatric treatment. At 10:00 p.m., Dr. Douglas Haberman pronounced Alexis dead. The 14 year old daughter told Police that her mother had locked herself in the room with her sister and she could hear her mother screaming "Oh my God" more than once and she feared that her mother had killed Alexis.

An autopsy done by Dr. Doug Anderson revealed that Alexis had bruises on the back of her head and around her neck as well as burns on her legs, back and bottom from laying her own urine for so long. It appeared by the amount feces in her intestines that Alexis had not been fed for at least 24 hours or more. It was determined that Alexis had been dead for more than 24 hours when she was found. The official cause of death was listed as starvation, dehydration and sepsis.

A toddler boy was found to have been in the same diaper for what appeared to be days with layers of feces and urine burns on his body. The home was a mess with rotting food, dirty laundry and the smell of urine and feces. The remaining children were removed from the home, even though Jason was there.

Since the death of Alexis had taken place on an Army Base, the cause would be handled in Federal Court and that meant that Kristin would be facing the death penalty for what she had done to this little Angel. On August 18, 2010, Kristin plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter before U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Beth Phillips, her lawyer, said that Kristin admitted what she had done to her daughter. The Judge said that Alexis has died in "an especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner".

Kristin was sentenced to eight years in a Federal Prison as well as three years of supervised probation, upon her release from prison. The FBI Department Of Justice released a statement:

"Phillips acknowledged in today's plea agreement that she should have sought
medical care for Alexis and that her failure to do so was criminally negligent. She
attributed her failure to provide necessary care to her compromised mental state,
but agree that she is responsible for Alexis' death because she failed to be aware
of the substantial and unjustifiable risks associated with Alexis' illness and her age,
ultimately resulting in dehydration and her death. Phillips also acknowledged that
this failure constituted a gross deviation from the standard of care which a
reasonable person would have executed in the same situation. Under the terms of
today's plea agreement, Phillips and the Government agree to a sentence of eight
years in Federal prison, without parole, which is the statutory maximum. A sentencing
hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre sentence investigation by
the United States Probation Office"

I always shake my head when I see it said that a person who has committed a crime "AGREED" to the time they were given. What would have happened if she had NOT agreed? Since when is it okay to run it by the person who committed a crime if they would agree to the time or not? I just don't understand! The story ends here, right? Not so much though. Kristin's past was not so wonderful either.

By the time Kristin was 23 years old and the year was 1998, she already had two daughters. Kristin became pregnant again and some how managed to hide it from everyone. When she gave birth to a son, Austin Daniel Matheny, she said he had been born unresponsive and his skin was blue so she put him in a shoe box with a stuffed animal and left him in the basement of her parents home. When Kristin's mother found the baby a few months later, she asked Kristin about it and then she called the police.

Kristin Matheny, her name at that time, was found guilty of failing to report a death and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 90 hours of of community counseling and then two years of supervised probation. One of her children was given to her biological father after he sued for custody and the other child is believed to be the 14 year old daughter who called Police on the night Alexis died. Austin's memorial can be found here: Find A Grave Memorial

This page was created on June 25, 2014
Death occurred in the state of Georgia

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