Plea delayed again for Christiansburg mother accused of abusing son

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- The fate of a Christiansburg woman accused of abusing her two-year-old son is on hold again. In court Wednesday, October 16, her case was continued until March 2020.

Kayla Thomas was scheduled for a plea in Montgomery Circuit Court in June, but the hearing was moved to October before being delayed again.

Thomas is facing five charges related to the abuse, and later death, of her 2-year-old son, Steven Meek. She waived her right to a speedy trial.

About the delay, Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary K. Pettitt says, "Both the defense and prosecution are trying to keep the Thomas and Hellman cases on the same general timeframe. Hellman’s case has moved more slowly since he had a competency evaluation done. When we set Thomas in July we expected Hellman’s evaluation to be completed and his case to have moved on to Circuit Court but it has not."

Thomas' boyfriend at the time, McKenzie Hellman, faces multiple charges, including felony murder.

Hellman was ordered to undergo an evaluation of sanity at the time of the offense and of competency to stand trial. He is scheduled to be back in court October 24.

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