Mother of beaten toddler now facing life in prison - WNEM TV 5

Mother of beaten toddler now facing life in prison

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Two weeks after her live-in boyfriend, Robert Martin, was charged with brutally beating her child, 23-year-old Aleesha Wyatt has now been charged with child abuse.

According to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, Wyatt allowed Martin to watch her 3-year-old son, Jordin Parkes, despite having knowledge that Martin had been abusing the toddler.

Martin abused Jordin on more than one occasion, according to Leyton.

On Nov. 1, Jordin was beaten so badly, the 3-year-old was left with bruises covering his entire body. The toddler was rushed to Hurley Hospital where he remains in serious condition.

Leyton said that medical examiners were able to determine that some of the bruises on Jordin's body were inflicted before the most recent abuse.

"It is clear that mom did nothing to protect her child," Leyton explained. "We believe that mom knew boyfriend beat the child."

Wyatt pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree child abuse.

Judge Herman Marable presided over Wyatt's case in 68th District Court in Flint on Thursday.

Jordin's condition is improving, according to Leyton.

"He is moving in the right direction ... but it's going to be a long road ahead," Leyton explained.

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