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.