- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With her boyfriend already serving a life prison term in the 2011 beating death of her 23-month-old son, a Baton Rouge woman pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the case and was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

Kimyia Stokes, 26, the mother of Demarcus Gray Stokes Jr., had faced up to a combined 50 years in prison on the obstruction and cruelty to a juvenile charges lodged against her following the toddler’s 2011 death, The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1Ntrzu0). An East Baton Rouge Parish judge accepted her guilty plea and sentenced her Wednesday.

“We believe that justice has been served with the plea and 20-year sentence,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Thursday.

Prosecutors said Stokes witnessed her boyfriend, Randy Parker, 27, beat her son twice in a 24-hour period and heard his screams the third and final time.

Investigators said that after the toddler stopped breathing, Stokes discussed with Parker how to explain the incident, before Parker finally called 911.

Parker was convicted of second-degree murder earlier this year.

He told detectives he was “full of alcohol” the night he punched the boy with a closed fist and continued to hit the child after he fell to the floor.

Stokes’ attorney, Carson Marcantel, said that the judge gave Stokes credit for the four years she has spent behind bars.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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