ROCKFORD (AP) — A northern Illinois woman pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the 2011 death of her 3-year-old daughter.
Melanie Grant pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated battery and a charge for endangering the life of a child.
Authorities say she agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a 20-year sentence. She also agreed to testify against 40-year-old Duran Johnson, her ex-boyfriend who's also charged in the death of Kaitlyn Head.
A judge still has to approve the deal at a September hearing.
Authorities say the toddler was beaten, starved and forced to perform extreme exercises before she died.