Christiansburg woman receives two life sentences for sexual abuse, pornography charges involving 2-year-old son

New River Valley News

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday morning, a Christiansburg woman received two life sentences — and a few years on top of that — for charges involving assaulting her young son and making child pornography.

Kayla Thomas — the mother of guilty of two-year-old Steven Meek II, who was killed in 2019 — was sentenced for the following four charges on Thursday, Sept. 23:

  • Forcible penetration with an inanimate object: Life in prison
  • Sodomy: Life in prison
  • Producing child pornography: Five years
  • Reproducing child pornography: Five years

This news comes after a jury found Thomas guilty of all four of these charges back in June.

During her previous court appearance, Thomas said she was forced to take videos of her sexually abusing her son to send to her boyfriend, McKenzie Hellman. She said that Hellman’s drug use turned him into a monster and that she was afraid for her life.

Hellman was found guilty of similar charges in March and faces two life sentences plus 45 years. He faces a separate trial for the murder of Meek.

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