North Idaho man pleads guilty in severe child abuse case

North Idaho man pleads guilty in severe child abuse case

Credit: Benewah County Sheriff's Office

Charles Smith and Christina Haynes.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 28 at 10:10 AM

COEUR D'ALENE -- A north Idaho man has pleaded guilty to beating a 3-year-old girl, whose injuries were so severe that doctors had to amputate her feet.

Charles Smith, 29, of St. Maries, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of felony injury to a child and faces a maximum 10 years in prison.

Smith was arrested in June and accused of beating his girlfriend's daughter, Kyra Wine.

Prosecutors say the girl had deep bruises, dried blood over her body and was slipping in and out of consciousness. She was transported to a Spokane, Wash., hospital, where she underwent multiple surgeries.

KXLY reports the girl is still recovering, but is now living with her grandmother.

The case generated an outpouring of community support last summer, including a fundraiser sponsored by the local firefighters.

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