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Christiansburg mother found guilty of making child porn, sexually assaulting her 2-year-old son

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A mother charged with sexually abusing her toddler in Montgomery County has just been found guilty.
A mother charged with sexually abusing her toddler in Montgomery County has just been found guilty.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Kayla Thomas has been found guilty of all the charges against her in connection with committing sexual crimes against her then 2-year-old son in 2019.

The jury recommended she receive two life sentences, plus an additional 10 years in prison.

The life sentences are recommended on the object sexual penetration charge and the forcible sodomy charge. The jury then recommended 5 years each on the production of child pornography and distribution of child pornography charges.

Her formal sentencing is scheduled for September 23 at 9 a.m.


ORIGINAL

A Montgomery County woman is in court, charged with committing sexual crimes against her then 2-year-old son in 2019.

Kayla Thomas, 27, faces the following charges:

  • Committing forcible sodomy by engaging in fellatio against the victim’s will by force, threat or intimidation
  • Inanimate object penetration of a person less than 13 years of age
  • Production of child pornography involving a child less than 15 years of age
  • Possession and distribution of child pornography

Thomas’ boyfriend at the time of the accused crimes, McKenzie Hellman, was found guilty earlier this year of producing child porn, reproducing child porn, animate object sexual penetration, producing child porn and forcible sodomy.

While he is also charged with second-degree murder and a charge of child abuse and neglect in connection with the boy’s death, a trial date has not yet been set for those charges.

So far, the focus of the three-day trial has been about the different sexually explicit videos of Thomas and her son.

While the defense’s opening statement did not deny Thomas’ actions, her attorney said this case is about why Thomas did what she did. Her attorney said that Hellman is to blame and that Thomas didn’t have a choice as he mentally and physically abused her.

Her attorney also said that she was worried about the safety of her child, her unborn child and herself as she feared Hellman would kill her.

The defense has not yet questioned anyone.

The trial took a break for lunch at 12:45 p.m.

When court resumes, there should be three more witnesses to testify.

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Jeff Williamson arrived at WSLS 10 in March 2016.