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Mom pleads guilty to neglect in death of West Virginia baby

August 28, 2019

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to child neglect resulting in the death of her 8-month-old daughter.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Chellbie Elaine Hudson’s Tuesday plea was part of a deal that dropped an additional neglect charge. She faces up to 15 years in prison at her October sentencing.

Hudson’s plea deal also requires she testify against her ex-boyfriend, William Ellis Bowen IV, who’s charged with similar offenses in the 2018 death of Lillyann Aubriana Hudson. He’s expected to stand trial next month.

Authorities have said that Kanawha County deputies responding to a report of an unresponsive baby last summer found the infant covered in bruises. They said she was taken to a hospital and died. An autopsy found Lillyann suffered head trauma that caused massive internal bleeding.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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