Guilty Verdict


Johnson County District Attorney has announced that Lindsey Nichole Thomasson, of Gardner, entered a plea of “no contest” and was found guilty by the Court of the charges of second degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.  These charges stem from the death of Presley Porting on February 7, 2017.

Thomasson’s sentencing is scheduled for June 12, 2018.

The case was investigated by the Gardner Police Department and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jason Covington and Ryan Walkiewicz.

Gardner police say they were called about 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, to the 400 block of South Hickory Street where the toddler, Presley Kay Porting, was unresponsive. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead


Presley Kay Porting

A pathologist testified that the little girl suffered a savage beating, which caused bleeding to her brain and around her eyes.

Dr. Michael Handler testified that had Pressley received immediate medical care, the child would have survived her injuries. But that did not happen.

“The child could have been knocked around and placed in bed,” Dr. Handler said. “The swelling of the brain develops and bleeding into the scalp continues and then the child dies.”

Dr. Handler also testified that the little girl had several of what appeared to be bite marks, on her legs, arm, and shoulder.

There were also pattern injuries over the child’s right eye, which the doctor says are consistent with marks made by a ring that police seized from Thomasson.