Pueblo woman sentenced to 14 years in toddler son’s death

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PUEBLO |  A judge has sentenced a Colorado woman to 14 years in prison for the role she played in the death of her almost two-year-old son in 2018.

Faith Hughes, 22, was sentenced this week and is being credited for 560 days she already served in county jail, The Pueblo Chieftain reported Monday.

Hughes was also fined more than $1,400, a judge said.

Hughes pleaded guilty in December to negligence causing death, prosecutors said. She was originally charged with child abuse resulting in death, prosecutors said.

The plea deal stipulated that Hughes would be sentenced to serve a prison term of no more than 16 years at the Colorado Department of Corrections, prosecutors said.

Hughes and 22-year-old father Skyler Chapman were arrested in June 2018 after Hughes brought their son to a hospital with severe injuries including two bleeding brain injuries and black eyes, authorities said.

Hughes originally said she and the boy were assaulted by strangers before changing her story saying she and Chapman commonly hit the child as a form of discipline, authorities said.

Chapman denied striking the child with his hand but instead described kicking the child who landed on his head.

Chapman was sentenced to 48 years in September after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.