Plea delayed for Christiansburg mother accused of abusing 2-year-old son

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- The fate of a Christiansburg woman accused of abusing her two-year-old son will remain undecided until later this year.

Kayla Thomas was scheduled for a plea in Montgomery Circuit Court Wednesday morning but the hearing was pushed back to October 16.

Thomas is facing five charges related to the abuse, and later death, of her 2-year-old son, Steven Meek.

Thomas' boyfriend at the time, McKenzie Hellman, is also facing multiple charges, including felony murder.

Hellman was recently ordered to undergo an evaluation of sanity at the time of the offense and of competency to stand trial. He is due back in court on September 5.