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De Soto mother Rachel Perez convicted in shocking child abuse case

Photos of those involved in the Rachel Perez child abuse case. Perez is now serving a 102-month sentence after pleading guilty to child abuse and attempted second-degree murder for leaving her 6-year-old son in the attic of her home in De Soto last August.

Johnson County Assistant District Attorneys Chris Brown and Erika Rasmussen (pictured) handled the prosecution of the case. They contend that Perez routinely placed the boy in the attic and withheld food as a punishment. Brown called Perez’s treatment of the boy “torture” and said it was the worst case of child abuse that did not result in death that he had ever seen.

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