Woman from Florida was accused in 2018 of killing her toddler with a single punch has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors.
Victoria Toth, 26, appeared in court last month where she pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated child neglect. Originally she was charged with aggravated manslaughter in connection with the beating death of her son, Jayce Martin.
Jayce was just 2-years-old when he died in September 2018, days after his mother hit him.
Johnathan Pursglove, Toth’s boyfriend, was also charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.
His plea hearing is set for March.
Prosecutors revealed in April 2019 new evidence in the case, alleging Toth had told Pursglove she had seen Jayce’s ghost.
“I talk to Jayce and he tells me that this is something that we are supposed to go through,” Toth is quoted as telling Pursglove in recorded conversations.
“Hearing Jayce tell me that we’re going to get through it gives me something to hold onto.”
Investigators said Toth refused to take Jayce to the hospital because she believed the boy’s injuries would cause suspicion and lead to criminal charges against her boyfriend.
Doctors noted it appeared Jayce was malnourished and that his body bore the scars of past abuse.
She faces up to 15 years in prison and has also been out on bail.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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