Christiansburg man expected to enter plea deal Monday on charges stemming from death of 2-year-old boy

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A Christiansburg man — who was found guilty on charges stemming from the death of his girlfriend’s two-year-old son — will be back in court on Monday.

McKenzie Hellman is expected to enter a guilty plea to second-degree murder, as well as child abuse and neglect. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mary Petit told WFXR News the guilty plea is not part of a plea agreement. She also says no charges are being dropped and there is no agreement on sentencing.

Hellman was facing charges of possessing, producing, and reproducing child pornography as well as the abuse and murder of Steven Meek II.

Police say Meek was physically and sexually abused by both Hellman and Kayla Thomas, the boy’s mother, in January 2019.

In May, a jury convicted Hellman of sexually assaulting the child and for child pornography. That jury also recommended he receive two life sentences.

Thomas was in court on June 9-10, at which time she was found guilty on all charges including forcible sodomy, reproducing child pornography, producing child pornography, and inanimate object sexual penetration.

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