Georgetown woman pleads guilty in death of child

GEORGETOWN – A 30-year-old Georgetown woman faces prison time after pleading guilty to murder by neglect in the death of her infant son.

Casey R. Layton

Casey Layton pleaded guilty Friday morning to the charge of murder by neglect in the first degree in connection with the death in 2015 of her infant son Aiden Hundley.

She was sentenced by a Superior Court judge to 15 years in prison, according to Delaware Department of Justice spokeswoman Nicole Magnusson.

Layton and Aiden’s father, Doyle Hundley, were the sole care-takers for the baby. In May 2015, Layton and Hundley called 911 saying their son was unresponsive.

An examination revealed the baby had multiple injuries in various stages of healing and was also severely malnourished. The child lived on life support for five months before dying in September 2015 at the age of eight months.

Hundley pled guilty to murder by neglect first degree in 2017.

Deputy Attorneys General Melanie Withers and Michael Tipton prosecuted the case.

Delaware State Police investigation began May 23, 2015 after a 9-1-1 call was made from the residence in the 18000 block of Harbeson Road by the father reporting that his 3-month-old son was suffering from a seizure and was barely responsive.

Paramedics and Emergency Medical Services responded and transported the infant to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes. The infant was subsequently flown to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital and admitted in critical condition with multiple broken bones and a serious head injury, according to state police.

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