Thursday, January 7, 2016

Letcher County teenager pleads guilty to killing baby

(AP) — A 17-year-old Letcher County boy has entered a plea deal in which he admitted to killing an infant.

According to reports, Keaston Taylor pleaded guilty Tuesday in Pike County Circuit Court to an amended charge of second-degree manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Taylor killed 4-month-old Blayze Alexander Smith by throwing the baby down an embankment in June 2014. Smith's body was found about 50 feet away from his home.

After consulting the victim's next of kin, Letcher County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Tyler Ward recommended a seven year prison sentence for Taylor, followed by five months of probation. Taylor is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 19.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the court could order additional psychiatric treatment if Taylor continues to pose a threat to himself or others after his sentence.