Victoria Toth faces up to 15 years in prison.
One mother and her boyfriend's negligent actions led to the death of a toddler in Orlando, Florida. According to Metro, 26-year-old Victoria Toth is pleading guilty to charges of aggravated child neglect over the death of her son Jayce Toth.
The incident pertaining to the case occurred in July of 2018. The two-year-old who was admitted to the hospital with a burst intestine died due to an infection. The investigators found that the intestine wound was inflicted by a ‘sucker-punch’ style assault. The child's mother and her 27-year-old boyfriend Johnathan Pursglove were held responsible for the death.
OPD has made a second arrest in the death of 2-year-old Jayce Martin. Johnathan Pursglove, 25, arrested on charges of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child. Jayce’s mother, 24-year-old Victoria Toth, was arrested on charges of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child earlier this month pic.twitter.com/o7shFSyf4c— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) September 21, 2018
Based on the findings of the investigation, the child was left with no medical care for days after the assault.
The emergency services were only called when the child became unresponsive. The mother told the dispatchers that the child had been "dehydrating" and throwing up. So, paramedics arrived at the family's home to discover the shocking condition of the toddler. His body was severely bruised and the helpless child was vomiting up his own bile.
Immediately, he was transported to the hospital. However, it was too late. Despite the best efforts of the medical staff, the child did not survive. Doctors stated that the child could have made it alive if he was given adequate care and treatments earlier. On being questioned, the mother stated that her boyfriend was in charge of taking care of her son while she was away at work.
Victoria Toth, 26, originally faced charges of aggravated manslaughter in the brutal, deadly beating of her son, 2-year-old Jayce Martin. T https://t.co/dJIdVc8zfK— News 6 WKMG (@news6wkmg) February 17, 2021
According to Orlando Sentinel, the woman stated that she noticed her son did not seem like his usual energetic self when she returned from work on 15 July 2018.
Though the investigators did not name the boyfriend or the mother in particular as the suspect in beating the child to death, they mentioned Pursglove's history of domestic violence. They found that the boyfriend had violently disciplined the child in the past and had also attacked the mother when she intervened, in case he went overboard.
Developing: @OrlandoPolice arrest Victoria Toth charging her with Aggravated Manslaughter of a child after her 2-year old son Jayce Martin was found in his bedroom in July unresponsive. Today the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. More on @MyNews13 pic.twitter.com/xV0cgxPDbl— Tammie Fields (@tammiefields) September 8, 2018
Initially, the mother along with her boyfriend was charged with aggravated manslaughter. Previously, the biological father of the deceased child defended the mother and told the authorities that her baby was "everything" to her. But Toth still would face up to 15 years in prison on her current charges.
Meanwhile, Pursglove still faces aggravated manslaughter charges. He is held at the Orange County Jail till his next hearing on 3 March 2021.