Iowa woman pleads guilty in death of 2-year-old boy in Waterloo
DES MOINES (AP) — A Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the death of a 2-year-old boy who swallowed medication while riding in her car.
Amanda Roena Leonard-Hellum, 39, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in the June 2019 death of Maximus Leonard-Hellum, who she planned to adopt.
She was originally charged with child endangerment causing death but in her plea deal, she entered a written plea in April to neglect of a dependent person, The Waterloo Falls Courier reported.
She remains free until sentencing, which is tentatively scheduled for June.
Authorities said Maximus took the pills while Leonard-Hellum was driving from Waterloo to Des Moines to visit her boyfriend in June 2019. After discovering what had happened, Leonard-Hellum chose to monitor the boy rather than seek medical help.
Police were called the next day and found the boy dead.