Trial set to begin in alleged sex abuse of 2-year-old boy

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — A long-delayed trial is set to begin for a Virginia man accused of sexually abusing and making child pornography of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

The Roanoke Times reports that McKenzie Kyle Hellman, 27, of Christiansburg, is scheduled to go on trial Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

 Hellman is also facing charges of second-degree murder in the boy’s death, and child abuse, but those counts have been separated from the sex charges and will be considered at a separate proceeding later.

Hellman and his girlfriend, Kayla Nicole Thomas, also 27, were arrested after the January 2019 death of Steven Dale Meek II, who was Thomas’ son.

 An assistant state medical examiner testified in 2019 that she found 22 blunt force injuries to Steven’s head. Investigators said Hellman told them several different versions of how Steven was hurt, including that he had hit the boy, that he pushed him so that Steven fell and hit his head on a dresser, and that Steven fell out of bed.

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