LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated that Kathy Taylor received a probation sentence for injury to a child and unlawful restraint. A spokesperson with the Angelina County District Attorney's Office mistakenly told KTRE that the deal had been made, when District Judge Barry Bryan had not approved it. A corrected version of the story is below.
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A district judge has rejected a plea deal for a Lufkin woman accused of using tape and an extension cord to abuse a child.
Kathy Butler Taylor, 38, and the Angelina County District Attorney's Office had agreed on two concurrent probation sentences, one for 10 years and the other for 5, for injury to a child and unlawful restraint.
However, in court on Thursday, District Judge Barry Bryan said he would not accept a plea bargain that did not include a prison sentence.
Prosecuting Attorney Julie Alston said Friday that now Taylor can either accept a prison sentence or go to trial.
According to a previous report, a Child Protective Services investigator contacted the Angelina County Sheriff's Office on March 23 about a report of physical and mental abuse from three people.
In an interview at Angelina Alliance for Children, the victim talked about how she and two other people had been abused by Taylor for a number of years.
The girl said that on more than one occasion Taylor had used tape to bind her hands, feet and mouth. The girl said Taylor would make her lie on the floor so Taylor could beat her with an extension cord.
The other two people, one of whom is an adult, confirmed the girl's story.