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Christiansburg woman guilty on all charges connected to child porn, sexual assault

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:25 PM EDT
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va (WDBJ) - Kayla Nicole Thomas, the biological mother of Steven Meek II, who died in January 2019 from brutal blunt force trauma, was found guilty on all charges Wednesday.

In front of a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge after the jury was selected, opening statements were made.

The defense did not deny Thomas’s actions but instead said the case is about why she did what she did.

The jury was shown the photos and videos of the sexually explicit actions Thomas did to her son.

In Thomas’s testimony, she revealed her boyfriend, Mackenzie Hellman, made her feel like she had no choice but to commit the crimes.

He often physically abused her if she didn’t do what he said.

Her attorney said Thomas feared for the life of her 2-year-old, unborn child and herself.

She was sentenced by jury recommendation to two life sentences plus 10 years.

Thomas was charged with:

§ Possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation, and facilitation of child pornography; penalty

§ Production, publication, sale, financing, etc., of child pornography; presumption as to age

§ Forcible sodomy

§ Object sexual penetration; penalty

Thomas is not charged with the murder of Meek. Thomas’s boyfriend, McKenzie Hellman, is charged with murder and was found guilty on child pornography charges.

Thomas will have a formal sentencing September 23 at 9:30 a.m.

WDBJ7 has followed both of these cases extensively. You can view previous stories below:

Christiansburg man charged with murder after death of 2-year-old boy
Mother charged with abuse of toddler waives right to preliminary hearing

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