KUSA - The mother accused of killing her 2-month-old baby plead guilty to second degree murder Thursday afternoon.

22-year-old Kelsy Newell-Skinner was charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death in 2014 but plead guilty to a lesser charge in a plea deal to have the first two charges dropped. She faces 16 to 48 years in prison, fines up to $1 million and mandatory parole of five years when she is released.

Newell-Skinner was dressed in a green and white jail jumpsuit and spoke quietly when the judge spoke to her.

"Are you thinking clearly today?" asked Judge Kandace Gerdes.

"Yes," Newell-Skinner responded.

The infant's grandmother took the child to the hospital after finding her with severe bruising on her head, a swollen eye and fractured ribs and bite marks. The baby died a few days later.

Newell-Skinner waived her right to a jury trial and will be sentenced by Judge Gerdes on May 20th at 1:30 p.m.


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