Auburn Foster Mother Indicted in Death of 2-Year-Old

June 3, 2020

WORCESTER — An Auburn foster mother has been indicted in the 2015 death of a 2-year-old girl and
the injury of a second child in her custody, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D.
Early Jr.

A Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments on Tuesday, charging Kimberly Malpass, 39, with
two counts of reckless endangerment of a child and one count of misleading a police investigation. She
will be arraigned at a future date in Worcester Superior Court.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was not able to determine the cause of death of Avalena M.
Conway-Coxon. She and a second toddler, who was 22 months old at the time, were found unresponsive
in Ms. Malpass’s home on Aug. 15, 2015.

Both children were taken to UMass Memorial Hospital, University Campus, where Avalena was
pronounced dead. The second child was initially listed in critical condition and was in a coma for several
weeks. She suffered life-long injuries. The toddlers both showed symptoms of heat stroke.

The indictments are the result of a lengthy investigation by the State Police Detectives assigned to the
District Attorney’s Office and Auburn Police.