In a reversal from previous pleas, Christina L. White pled guilty to second-degree murder charges, first-degree arson charges and endangering the welfare of a child Thursday afternoon. Until the hearing Thursday, White had plead not guilty.


In a reversal from previous pleas, Christina L. White pled guilty to second-degree murder charges, first-degree arson charges and endangering the welfare of a child Thursday afternoon. Until the hearing Thursday, White had plead not guilty.

The charges stem from a July 11, 2007 incident when she set a blanket wrapped around her 7-month-old son Wayne Anderson, Jr. on fire. White said she set the blanket on fire due to "extreme stress." Anderson died July 31, 2007 from his injuries.

The guilty pleas were entered following a plea agreement which consolidated allegations of endangering other children who were in the home, but were uninjured, the day of the fire. Also under the plea agreement, the charge of murder was modified to murder in the second degree. This would make White eligible for a penalty from 10 to 30 years or life in prison with an additional 7 seven year in prison for the child endangerment charge.

White appeared before Greene County Circuit Judge Michael Cordonnier in Laclede County. The case was transferred to Laclede County on a change of venue in 2008.

White is ineligible for the death penalty, which Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard originally sought, because of a Missouri statute defining mental retardation in relation to the death penalty.

White has remained in custody since her initial arrest.