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Danville Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Her 2-Month-Old


Danville, VA -- A Danville woman accused of killing her 2-month-old baby pleaded guilty Monday.

Michelle Pruitt, 21, was arrested in April for the death of her son Alphonza O'Brien Fuller III.

Throughout the plea, Pruitt didn't show any emotion. In fact, Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Newman pointed out that Pruitt has yet to show emotion about the death of her son.

Pruitt pleaded guilty of two counts of felony child abuse and neglect and one count of felony murder.

Newman says the charges of abuse stems from two separate incidents, on April 3 and the 19 of 2013. Fuller died on the 19.

The autopsy showed Fuller had rib fractures and internal head trauma related to being shaken.

Newman says Pruitt admitted to police that she shook her baby so he would stop crying. He went on to say that Pruitt threw him 5 feet across the bed and then he bounced.

Newman says after the death, Pruitt acted like nothing happened, even saying on Facebook that she was bored, was excited about her tongue ring, and was joking about being single. 

When asked how Pruitt was feeling after the trial, Defense Attorney Heath Sabin said "Nervous, a little overwhelmed, but otherwise okay."

Pruitt faces up to 60 years behind bars. Sentencing is scheduled for January.

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