Judge rejects probation deal for Lufkin mom accused of injuring child

Amanda Braley mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Amanda Braley mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County district judge rejected a plea deal for a woman accused in the serious injuries of her four-year-old daughter.

Ryan Deaton, the attorney for Amanda Jane Braley, 24, of Lufkin, said the state had reached a plea deal with his client, which included a four-year probation sentence.

District Judge Barry Bryan rejected the deal, Deaton said.

"I didn't ask why," Deaton said. "I assume he didn't think it was stiff enough."

Deaton said the case would likely go to trial.

"We don't really have any other choice," he said.

The investigation into the charges began in January when Braley brought her 4-year-old daughter to Woodland Heights Hospital.  According to the arrest affidavit, medical staff tried frantically to revive her. Braley told the E.R. she was suffering from the flu and falling down in the bathtub.

After being stabilized, the 4-year-old was flown to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston.  According to the arrest report, Lufkin Police received hospital records indicating she had "suffered life threatening medical neglect and significant physical abuse".

Braley told hospital workers that the 4-year-old was being watched by Micah King while she was at work.  During a police interview with King, he allegedly admitted to slapping her on one occasion and knocking her into some chairs.

King pleaded guilty in August to endangering a child, accepting an eight-month state jail sentence.

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