NEWTON - The mother of a 19-month-old North Newton boy who authorities say died from severe abuse pleaded no contest today to child abuse and aggravated endangerment of a child.
As part of a plea agreement disclosed in court, an aggravated battery charge and an endangerment charge against the mother, Katheryn Nycole Dale, are dismissed.
Noting that two of the charges have been dismissed, Judge Joe Dickinson reduced the bond for Dale from $50,000 to $25,000. It wasn't clear whether Dale, 21, would be able to post bond.
On March 27, her son, Vincent Hill, was pronounced dead at a Newton hospital, shortly after he arrived by ambulance with extensive injuries.
Dale's boyfriend at the time, Chad Carr, 26, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, aggravated battery and child abuse in Vincent's death. Carr remains in jail on a bond of $375,000.
Now, Dale is expected to testify in Carr's trial, said County Attorney David Yoder.
At Carr's preliminary hearing earlier this month, a deputy coroner testified that an autopsy and follow-up investigation showed that Vincent died from a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen, most likely from suffocation. The brain injury was associated with multiple blunt-force injuries over Vincent's body, the official said.
According to other testimony at Carr's preliminary hearing, Dale was away from home the day he died, attending a baby shower in Wichita.