Mt. Vernon Woman Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charge In Case Involving Severe Child Injury

(MT. VERNON, IL) — A 28-year-old Mt. Vernon woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless conduct stemming from the 2014 savage beating of a 3-year-old toddler in her care. Kaysie Belmont was sentenced to 30 months probation and ordered to pay all fines, fees and court costs associated with the case. Belmont and her husband, Michael Belmont, were arrested in 2014 after the 3-year-old was hospitalized with severe injuries. According to court records, Kaysie Belmont admitted to Class 4 felony reckless conduct in not seeking immediate emergency medical help for the child, who was not their child. A second count of reckless conduct, felony aggravated battery of a child, and domestic battery endangering the life of a child were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Kaysie Belmont also agreed in the plea bargain to testify truthfully in the February 22 trial of her husband Michael Belmont in which he’s charged with Class X felony aggravated battery to a child under the age of 13 causing permanent disability, Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery and Class 3 felony aggravated battery of a child causing bodily harm. Court records in Kaysie Belmont’s case show that she witnessed the child collapse on November 2, 2014 and failed to call 911 for help, and instead took the child to a relative’s home where he was then taken to the hospital. Experts testified that the delay in medical care could have worsened the toddler’s injuries, which reportedly included trauma to the legs, torso and head. The child reportedly suffered a stroke and was treated for brain injuries.