Mother, boyfriend plead not guilty to killing toddler

A grand jury says that Kayla Lord and her boyfriend, Jared Futtrell, murdered Lord’s 18 month old son, Staten.

Both are accused of causing injuries that included a fractured skull and torn stomach at a Wayne County home in July. The toddler died several days later at UK Hospital in Lexington.

Family members still have a lot of questions as to how the would-be fatal injuries were inflicted upon Staten Stephenson. His grandfather says he’s anxious to hear what the physical evidence is against the child's mother and her boyfriend. He says his son didn't have custody of the child when the injuries happened.

Both Lord and Futtrell's attorneys entered "not guilty" pleas, but little else was said on their behalf during the pair’s arraignment in the Wayne County Circuit courtroom.

Judge Vernon Minaird recused himself because his brother is the Monticello police chief and helped investigate the case. No word on when a special judge will be named.

“The only thing I ask is that it be done quickly, because he’s been in jail ever since he was arrested on this. There’s been no bond reduction,” asked Futtrell’s Attorney Jim Cox .

Both are being held on half-million dollar bonds.

“We take these cases very seriously. Particularly when you’re talking about a victim who was not quite 2 years old. And was unable to help or protect himself,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Matthew Leveridge after the court proceeding.

The next court date will come after a special judge is named.

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