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Charges upgraded against couple in death of toddler

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Reyes (left) was arrested in February; Meadows (right) in March. Reyes (left) was arrested in February; Meadows (right) in March.
PLANT CITY, FL (WFLA) - Charges have been upgraded against a Plant City woman and her boyfriend in the August 2013 death of a 15-month-old little boy.

Victoria Reyes, 34, and Kevin Meadows, 48, are facing a variety of charges including a felony charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child. Reyes was the toddler’s mother but Meadows was not the father.

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According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report the 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office announced the new charge on Friday in the death of Mitchell Peters.

Reyes was arrested on February 21st and Meadows on March 10th when they were originally charged with one count of child neglect with bodily harm and one count of giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

Both suspects remain behind bars at the Polk County Jail.

According to an autopsy the child suffered significant contusions on his forehead above his left eye, two contusions on the top of his head, a bruise on his left shoulder, a bruise below his right buttock, swelling on the brain and lacerations on his lip.

Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Vera Volnikh concluded these injuries occurred while Mitchell was still alive. She also concluded that his death occurred five to seven hours prior to his first temperature reading at the emergency room, and that he had been laying in one position for approximately six hours, deceased, without being moved.

This is in direct conflict with Reyes’ and Meadows’ statements.

The medical evidence in this case proves that Reyes and Meadows provided false information about the events leading up to Mitchell's death. The medical evidence also shows that Reyes and Meadows neglected to provide adequate supervision and did not provide the timely medical care that would have been required to save Mitchell's life.

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