Kody Lee Hanson was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree felony murder and felony abuse of a child after a week of paid leave during the investigation. The infant died last week in a Wichita hospital, although the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death are unclear.
First-degree murder involves a premeditated killing. In other words, the officer allegedly made a plan to kill this baby and then carried that plan out.
The Hodgeman County website lists Hanson as working for the department since 2014, prior to which he worked for the Goodland Police Department. He is also a veteran of the Kansas Army National Guard.
According to KAKE News, “A spokesperson for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office said their office has accepted the case for prosecution at the request of the Hodgeman County Attorney but released no further comment.”
The investigation conducted by the Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is ongoing, and officials have said they won’t release any more information.
Hanson has been booked into the Ford County Detention Center.