Woman pleads guilty in death of Summer Phelps - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Woman pleads guilty in death of Summer Phelps

SPOKANE, Wash. - The woman accused of abusing and torturing her step-daughter to death in March 2007, has pleaded guilty to homicide by abuse. Adriana Lytle is now scheduled to be sentenced in the death of 4-year-old Summer Phelps on October 13.

Also charged in the death of Summer is Jonathan D. Lytle, Phelps' father. Jonathan is still awaiting trial.

According to court documents, Jon Lytle said during the day of Summer's death, the girl had received discipline for urinating on the floor and being defiant. She had been made to wash items in the bathtub.

Later in the evening while the girl was again washing items out in the tub, Adriana Lytle had left the room and when she returned, found her unresponsive in the water.  The child died about midnight after Jonathan Lytle rushed the 4-year-old girl to the emergency room at Deaconess Medical Center.

The couple admitted in the document to using a shock collar on the girl, beating her with a belt, and making her stand in uncomfortable positions while washing out urine soaked items in the bathtub, and dunking her head under water when she worked too slowly.

Adriana Lytle faces at least 20 years in prison.

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