Salina Woman Pleads Guilty In Son's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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A Salina mother accused of failing to protect her 14-month-old son from severe abuse by her fiance has pleaded guilty in the toddler's death.

The Salina Journal reports 20-year-old Brittney Betzold pleaded guilty Thursday to amended charges of second-degree murder and child abuse.

Beztold had faced trial next month for first-degree murder in the death of Clayden Lee Urbanek. Authorities said the toddler was covered with bruises when he died in October 2011.

Betzold's fiance, 28-year-old Antonio M. Brown, is scheduled for trial in January on a charge of first-degree murder. Police say Brown told officers he had spanked Clayden with a 10-inch piece of board but did not cause the bruising over most of the boy's body or the fatal injuries to his abdomen.

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