A 22-year-old Lawrence woman pleaded no contest Friday morning to one count of misdemeanor battery. Prosecutors accused her of hitting her 5-year-old daughter in April with a sandal and spanking the girl with a hair brush.
Kayla N. Brown was scheduled to stand trial next week in the case, but in exchange for the plea prosecutors agreed to drop two other misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and battery. Defense attorney Greg Robinson said as part of the plea agreement both sides will recommend that District Judge Peggy Kittel sentence Brown to serve one year on probation and follow court recommendations in a separate child-in-need-of-care case Kittel is handling.
Prosecutors had initially accused Brown in April of shaking and squeezing her 5-month-old son under the arms and filed a felony count of aggravated child endangerment, but after a May preliminary hearing Kittel reduced that charge to a misdemeanor after Robinson argued there was no medical evidence the boy was injured.
Kittel is scheduled to sentence Brown Oct. 5.