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Brandy Smallwood pleaded guilty to two counts of child neglect in a Raleigh County courtroom on Friday. Brandy Smallwood pleaded guilty to two counts of child neglect in a Raleigh County courtroom on Friday.
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Newlyweds celebrate shotgun wedding with drugs, leads to the murder of baby. The case of a baby who was killed in Raleigh County lead to a guilty plea by Brandy Smallwood. Smallwood is the mother of the 2-year-old boy who was brutally beaten and killed by his step-father James Green. 59News Reporter Lauren Hensley brings us the courtroom drama as Smallwood learns her fate.

A chocked up Brandy Smallwood wipes away tears after pleading guilty for her role in the brutal death of her 2-year-old son.

"What we could prove and what she was charged with and plead to is that she did not exercise a reason duty of care that she left her two babies alone with a man who is an oxycodone addict," Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller said.

According to Keller, Smallwood married James Green on the day he killed her 28-month-old son. Keller said Smallwood and Green celebrated their new marriage by getting high on pills.

59News Reporter Lauren Hensley asked, do you know how much drugs they purchased? Keller responded,, "the codefendant had described it as just an astounding amount."

Keller said Smallwood left her twin boys in the care of a high Green. In a pill-induced rage Green began brutally beating the boys, killing one of the toddlers.

The second charge is for the boys 2-year old twin he was brutally beaten that night by green and he is lucky to be alive.

"He is lucky to be alive, but to imagine a two witnessing his twin brother being murdered, you know he was 2 years old that is enough for a twin to be very attached," Keller said.

Green plead guilty to murder and he Smallwood will both be sentenced in January.


A Raleigh County woman was in court on Friday facing charges in connection to the murder of her baby.

Brandy Smallwood pleaded guilty to two charges of child neglect in front of Raleigh County Circuit Judge John Hutchison.  In February, police charged Smallwood and her new husband, James Green, in the death of Smallwood's 2-year-old son. The death happened at a home in Fairdale.

James Green pleaded guilty to first degree murder charges earlier in October.  Smallwood will be sentenced in January.  She could get from two to 13 years in prison.