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Mother of murdered Bazetta boy pleads guilty to related charges

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Nicholas Partin Nicholas Partin
Scott Walker Scott Walker

WARREN, Ohio - A Bazetta Township woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to her son's death in June.

Jennifer Light entered the plea in exchange for a lighter prison sentence. She's charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering children in connection with the death of her 4-year-old son Nicholas Partin.

Even though she's not accused of inflicting the deadly punch to her son's stomach, the prosecutor on the case says she allowed the abuse to happen and failed to follow up with medical treatment for his injury.

When questioned by police, Light originally told authorities her son had ingested carpet cleaner and he was treated at a nearby hospital. After following up with medical officials, police soon learned her story was all a lie.

"She lied to probably at least half a dozen people the morning of Nicholas' death about the circumstances leading up to his death," said Diane Barber, assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor.

Light's live-in boyfriend, Scott Walker, was first charged with murder, felonious assault and endangering children in Partin's death. Walker is accused of punching Partin in the stomach before the child died. Barber says Walker's punch left behind a tear drop-shaped bruise in the middle of Partin's abdomen and internal bleeding.

Walker pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces. He remains in jail on $500,000 bond and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

A pre-sentence investigation will determine how many years Light will spend behind bars. She faces five to 10 years in prison.

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