A two-year-old boy was left in a pool of his own vomit after a punch to the stomach caused his intestines to burst.
Jayce Martin was found unresponsive at his family’s home in Orange County, Florida, the US, in July 2018 – and was tragically pronounced dead in hospital.
Doctors said he had likely suffered a powerful punch to the stomach, which triggered an infection caused by a burst intestine.
His mum Victoria Toth, 26, and her boyfriend, Johnathan Pursglove, 27, were afterwards charged with aggravated manslaughter.
Investigators claim Jayce was tortured and left to suffer without any medical treatment for days.
Pursglove allegedly inflicted violent “discipline” on Jayce and beat Toth if she tried to intervene, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
Jayce’s biological dad Robert Martin urged Toth to seek medical attention.
She eventually called emergency services on July 18 after finding him unresponsive, and he was bruised and unresponsive when paramedics arrived.
On Thursday, February 18, Toth pleaded guilty to child neglect – with the manslaughter charge dropped.
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Toth faces a second-degree felony charge, which could lead to 15 years in prison, Click Orlando reports.
Her dad Steven Toth rejected claims she was involved in the killing and said Jayce meant “everything” to her.
Pursglove is still charged with aggravated manslaughter, with his plea hearing set for March 3.
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