Woman sen­tenced in step­son’s death

Woonsocket Call - - REGION / OBITUARIES / FAITH -

BOS­TON (AP) — A Bos­ton woman who beat her 3-yearold step­son to death has been sen­tenced to up to 12 years in prison af­ter plead­ing guilty to in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter.

Twenty-five-year-old Maria Buie had been charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with the killing of Ke­nai Whyte in the city’s Roxbury sec­tion in 2016. She pleaded guilty to the lesser charge Fri­day in Suf­folk Su­pe­rior Court as part of a plea deal.

A mo­tive for the killing has never been dis­closed. Au­thor­i­ties say Buie se­verely beat the boy in his fa­ther’s home, leav­ing him with head bruis­ing, reti­nal bleed­ing, con­tu­sions and a frac­tured neck ver­te­bra.

The boy’s mother, Ash­ley Young, told Buie in the court­room that she would never for­give her. She said Ke­nai was a sweet, kind, gen­tle and happy boy.

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