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Foster mother pleads guilty to reduced charge in boy's death

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A Sioux Falls woman accused of killing her 2-year-old foster son has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. Thirty-two-year-old Mary Beth Jennewein was charged with second-degree murder for the death of Miles Stead, who was taken...

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman accused of killing her 2-year-old foster son has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Thirty-two-year-old Mary Beth Jennewein was charged with second-degree murder for the death of Miles Stead, who was taken off life support on Jan. 6 after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Jennewein on Tuesday pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of an infant, and prosecutors dropped the murder charge and alternate counts of manslaughter.

Jennewein still could face up to 25 years in prison. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

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