Mother pleads guilty to manslaughter

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The mother of a 12-year-old child pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday.

Christini Dillard, pleaded guilty to a charge of culpable negligent manslaughter in the death of her daughter, Ashley, and will be sentenced June 4 in Pearl River County Circuit Court.

Christina Dillard pleaded guilty Wednesday before Circuit Judge Prentiss Harrell.

Andrews died in 2005, after being taken to Crosby Memorial Hospital in Picayune.

Hospital officials called police after finding the child with bruises and cuts on her body. The girl's stepfather, Shaun Dillard, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in July of 2008 to aiding and abetting in the death.

Prosecutors said Christina Dillard faces a maximum sentence of 20 years.