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Stepfather of infant found in trash faces attempted murder, abuse charges

Law enforcement officers stand guard at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of West Sixth Street, where police say an infant was found in a trash receptacle early Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Law enforcement officers stand guard at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of West Sixth Street, where police say an infant was found in a trash receptacle early Thursday, July 7, 2016.

July 26, 2016


Nearly three weeks after an infant girl was found abandoned and seriously injured in an apartment complex’s trash, police say the child’s stepfather will face criminal charges.

Marquis Jamall Young, 27, of Lawrence, will face charges of attempted first-degree murder and child abuse, said Lawrence Police Department Sgt. Amy Rhoads on Tuesday.

Young is currently being held in the Johnson County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery, according to the jail’s booking logs. He was booked into the jail on Sunday and is currently held in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

Marquis Young

Marquis Young

In the early morning hours of July 7, police received a report that a 9-month-old infant girl was left in a trash receptacle at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of West Sixth Street.

The apartments within the complex are owned and managed by Country Club on 6th.

Police did not clarify precisely where the baby girl was found, though multiple complex residents said the apartments all share a centralized dumpster, which also compacts trash.

The infant, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was treated at a Kansas City-area hospital and later released.

Rhoads said the baby girl is in the state’s custody and will continue to receive outpatient treatment for her injuries.

On July 13, Young was arrested alongside his wife — who is also the infant’s mother — Sheena Young, on suspicion of disorderly conduct at Perry Lake.

The couple was accused arguing and being disorderly after deputies warned them to “straighten up,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeffrey Herrig.

Both Sheena and Marquis Young were released from Jefferson County Jail after posting a bond of $3,000 each.

Marquis Young was then arrested in Johnson County after he was accused of battering Sheena Young the day before in Lenexa, according to a criminal complaint filed in Johnson County District Court.

Although he currently remains in the custody of the Johnson County Jail, Rhoads said Marquis Young will be brought to Douglas County to face the attempted murder and child abuse charges.

A representative of the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office said information regarding when or how Marquis Young will be transferred to Douglas County was not available.

Rhoads said police have no information to believe anyone else was involved in the incident.

Marquis Young is scheduled to appear in Johnson County District Court regarding the domestic battery charge at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 10.


Deborah Snyder 1 year, 9 months ago

I am so grateful to police staff for their hard work on behalf of this little baby. This incident has been weighing on my mind, and I am really glad you guys did such a great job... Thank-you.

Christine Anderson 1 year, 9 months ago

Dear God. I believe he should get life for having no regard for this baby's life. Prisons have their own heirarchy and this guy would not fare well. Same thing for the mother if she knew of this and did nothing to stop it. A couple of pigs.

Tony Peterson 1 year, 9 months ago

It's horrific enough that one or both of the "parents" left the girl in a dumpster. They may have known or not known it was also a trash compactor but think it'll be hard for any jury to not rule that it was premeditated attempted first degree murder.

Louis Kannen 1 year, 9 months ago

A 'couple' of real knuckle-dragging Neanderthal low-lifes.Thank God the little girl is OK, to the extent she can be. Hopefully, at such a young age, this traumatic event will have minimal if any residual impact on her future life. As a decorated combat veteran and father of an amazing daughter, I'd sure love the opportunity to have Knuckle-boy Marquis stop by so that I might 'introduce' him, or what's left of him, to my dumpster...

Armen Kurdian 1 year, 9 months ago

How many babies have been discarded like this that have not been discovered. It is beyond horrifying to me.

Paul Beyer 1 year, 9 months ago

And why wasn't the "mother" charged as well? She is just as guilty, she knew what was going on.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 9 months ago

My thought exactly, Paul. And apparently she was more concerned about her boyfriend, than her daughter, because they were out partying after the fact and were arrested for disturbing the peace with their fighting in Osage county. A couple of losers for sure.

Bill Turner 1 year, 9 months ago

I think we should all withhold judgement until the facts are presented at trial and arguments from both sides are heard. As much as I have faith in the LJWorld to provide an honest account of the facts, I'm sure there is more to the story than is being relayed.

William Cummings 1 year, 9 months ago

Bill Turner is correct. Some of the comments above are a great example of why the JW should suspend commenting on pending criminal cases, especially where the name of the accused is provided. It creates difficulties for the justice system to work as intended if the presumption of innocence of the accused is erased in the community where a jury might have to be empaneled to take him to trial.

Mary Lee Norris 1 year, 9 months ago

Do you really think that having commenting turned off on an article will prevent people from having and sharing opinions that are based on what they have read about a situation? It's human nature, especially when such a heinous crime is committed against an innocent child, for people to discuss the crime and to express their thoughts on how the perpetrator should be handled. You can bet that they're discussing such news items at work, over the dinner table, over the phone, and anywhere else people gather or connect--as they have always done. This in no way compromises the accused's rights, and (as always) prospective jurors will be well vetted by his attorneys with an eye to disqualifying anyone who has already formed a strong opinion.

What do you propose doing after shutting down online commentary? Having other social media purged of comments regarding accused criminals? Bugging phones, homes, and cars so that people can't freely share thoughts and opinions on suspects' culpability? Bill and William, you can harrumph and tut-tut all you want, but the court of public opinion has been in session for a lot longer than online commentary has been a viable outlet. As long as people are not taking actual prosecution and punishment into their own hands, there are no practical "remedies" to this situation, nor should there be.

Give posters at least as much benefit of the doubt as you believe should be given to the accused. We all realize that a news article is not courtroom testimony and thus is not inclusive. Most, I am sure, are capable of adjusting their opinions if and when further information becomes available--whether that information further implicates the accused or reveals mitigating circumstances (such as Deborah discusses). And, again--public opinion, whether expressed online or over the water cooler, has no power to acquit, convict, or sentence a suspect. He will have his day in court.

Deborah Snyder 1 year, 9 months ago

Actually, I am also interested in the back story of this man, particularly as it relates to his court-mandated treatment for PTSD by the V.A. ... is this part of a larger story of veterans going from honorable discharge to criminal courts for their uncontrolled and/or untreated mental/physical/drug-addicted behavior? Please don't assume this means I'm in any way sympathetic to his criminal acts ... I' worried about a larger symptom.

Wasn't the rampage in Baton Rouge caused by a military bet who also was denied treatment by V.A. officials? Is there a larger problem w/untreated vets causing (criminal) harm to their families and communities?

Mari Aubuchon 1 year, 9 months ago

Where did you read about this?

I found it in a KC paper:

Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge and was placed on probation. As part of that case, Young was ordered to enroll in anger management classes and complete a Veterans Affairs program for post-traumatic stress disorder.

His criminal record also includes an earlier conviction for aggravated battery.

Deborah Snyder 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes, he had priors to this arrest, which wasn't included the person who is supposed to be the source reporter, since this crime is local.

My concern is... is this man's behavior part of a larger national story of the harm being caused by untreated vets?

Bob Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

Where is the biological father of the infant?

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