How as parent do we explain this ..accused of abusing her four-year-old step daughter to the point of death?
SPOKANE, Wash. - On Wednesday Adriana Lytle, accused of abusing her four-year-old step daughter to the point of death, wept as she was formally charged with one count of homicide by abuse.
The prosecutor said she was a flight risk because she has no family here, and the judge denied a motion to reduce her bail which remains at $500,000. She plead not guilty and the preliminary trial date is May 14, 2007.
Police say inside the Lytle's third-floor apartment abuse and torture led to the death of four-year-old Summer Phelps. The Lytles have admitted to using a shock collar on the girl and hitting her with a broom handle.
In documents released Wednesday there is new evidence that Summer may have been sexually abused. Investigators are quoted as saying "The severe bruises oriented over Summer's front pelvis area could be consistent with someone grabbing her from behind to control her while