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Man of Christiansburg accused of abuse and murder of toddler pleads guilty

Roanoke, Virginia – A man of Christiansburg who was accused of abuse and murder of his girlfriend’s son, pleaded guilty on Monday.
McKenzie Hellman, who was previously convicted this year of several sex crime charges, pled guilty in the Montgomery County Circuit Court.
Hellman will be sentenced later this year and faces up to 45 years in prison for the child abuse charge and the second-degree murder charge.
Hellman changed the story of what actually happened to Steven Meek II several times, and none of the versions matched to the injuries of the child, prosecutors stated in court.
Kayla Thomas, the mother of Steven, was found guilty of sexual assault of Meek and child pornography by a jury in June.
She was not charged in connection with Meek’s death.

Marco Harmon

I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. I studied Communications Studies at Roanoke College, and I’ve been part of the news industry ever since. Visiting my favorite downtown Roanoke bars and restaurants with my friends is how I spend most of my free time when I'm not at the desk.

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