A 26-year-old woman who failed to take her toddler to the hospital on the night he died pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter yesterday before Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy J. Doory.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, Destiny D'Urso, formerly of the 1200 block of E. Patapsco Ave., could receive a maximum 10 years in prison and must testify against her former live-in boyfriend, Paul Highfield, 28, who police say beat Anthony Joseph D'Urso, 2.
Prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge against D'Urso.
On Sept. 12, 2006, prosecutors say D'Urso left her son in the care of Highfield, now of Jarrettsville, while she went to work. When she returned home, Anthony was vomiting uncontrollably and D'Urso found knuckle-sized bruises on his stomach. D'Urso put him to bed, and he died during the night, according to court records.
According to prosecutors, Highfield told D'Urso that the infant had fallen down the stairs, but the medical examiner's office ruled that Anthony died of a beating to the stomach and that the injuries couldn't have occurred accidentally.
D'Urso remains held on $350,000 bail until her sentencing. Highfield's trial is scheduled for March 17. He is being held without bail.