Mother, boyfriend plead not guilty to murder charges in toddler's death

It was mostly a quiet courtroom in Wayne County when Jared Futrell and Kayla Lord made their first appearance today. But outside, a dozen or so people had plenty to say.

Lydia Sloan and others brought their signs and strong feelings to speak out against child abuse. Their demonstration is in response to the allegations that Lord and her boyfriend beat the 18-month-old toddler so severely he died.

“I just…I couldn’t deal with it. I couldn’t live, I wouldn’t want to live,” said Tammy Gregory, in response to the allegations a mother killed her own son.

Lord and Futrell's attorney did most of the talking for them, entering a not guilty plea, and the public defender asked that all evidence be preserved.

Little else was said, and Lord and Futrell barely spoke during the quick time in front of the judge.

“Words can’t describe what the family has gone through, And it’s in memory of him. We we just basically want to the punishment to fit the crime,” said Lydia Sloan, who joined a few dozen others with “Stop Child Abuse” and “Justice for Staten” signs outside the courthouse in Monticello.

The judge said both suspects bond will stay the same at $100,000 cash.

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