Farmington woman found guilty in daughter’s death

A Farmington woman was found guilty of second-degree murder and child endangerment Monday after the death of her child in 2015.

The Ramsey County trial showed Lia Pearson, 38, knowingly left her 17-month-old daughter in the care of her boyfriend Leb Mike Meak, 35, of Maplewood, even after others told her that Meak was hitting her child and after she saw the injuries.

Her daughter Genesis Xiong suffered a broken rib, lacerated liver and several other injuries while in the care of Meak, who pleaded guilty to killing the toddler in September 2015 and is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence.

A review of cellphone records show Pearson was alerted to injuries via text messages from another caregiver, who expressed concerns about bruises and bite marks.

According to the criminal complaint, another child said they told Pearson several times that her daughter was being abused before she died.

Pearson will be sentenced Jan. 26.