HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - A mother has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to two to four years in prison in the death of her 4-year-old son in Huntersville.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, court officials say 36-year-old Lashonda Yvette Hudson pleaded guilty to felony negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. She was sentenced to 31-50 months in prison.
Hudson was initially arrested in March 2019 and charged with murder in the death of her 4-year-old son five months after the boy died. Hudson was also charged with negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.
The investigation began in late Oct. 2018 when officers were notified about the death by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Police said at the time that the death was “suspicious."
WBTV reached out to court officials about the status of the murder charge. On Thursday, Feb. 13, court officials provided additional information about the case.
Court officials say that in Oct. 2018, Hudson and her boyfriend brought the victim, Hudson’s 4-year-old son, to an emergency room in Huntersville. He was unresponsive, went into cardiac arrest and passed away at the hospital.
Hours earlier, court officials say the 4-year-old had begun showing symptoms that clearly indicated he needed medical attention. Yet, court officials say Hudson delayed taking him to the hospital.
A medical examiner found that the 4-year-old had suffered an abdominal injury as a result of trauma that would have occurred 24-48 hours prior to his death.
Prosecutors carefully and thoroughly analyzed all of the available evidence in this case and determined that they would be unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury of 12 who actually inflicted the injury that led to the 4-year-old’s death.
Court officials say Hudson’s felony child abuse (by neglect) inflicting serious bodily injury charge reflects her “gross negligence by failing to seek medical attention for her child.”