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Mother charged with abuse of toddler waives right to preliminary hearing

(WDBJ)
Published: Feb. 28, 2019 at 2:50 PM EST
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The mother of a Christiansburg 2-year-old who died in January waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

In a hearing that lasted less than five minutes, Kayla Thomas waived her right to a probable cause hearing. A judge certified all five felony charges against her to be considered by a grand jury.

Thomas faces charges including child abuse and neglect; production, possession and redistribution of child pornography; sodomy and sexual assault.

The charges stem from an incident in January, when Thomas' son, Steven Meek II, died from injuries sustained while in the care of Thomas' boyfriend, McKenzie Hellman.

Police said an investigation revealed Steven was the victim of both physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Thomas and Hellman.

A grand jury will decide whether to indict Thomas on the charges facing her in April.

Hellman is also facing multiple felony charges, including felony murder. He is set to appear in court at 3 p.m. Thursday.