The mother of a York City toddler murdered by his baby sitter more than two years ago has pleaded guilty to endangering her children.
Hayley Amanda Twinn, 22, of East King Street, avoided prison as part of a negotiated plea agreement.
On Wednesday, she pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree misdemeanor child endangerment and was sentenced to five years of probation.
"She's extremely remorseful," defense attorney Heather Reiner said. "(Her son's murder) has been a life-changing experience for her."
Twinn's 2-year-old son, Jaques Omari Twinn, was fatally beaten on Nov. 7, 2011, by Aric Shayne Woodard. Jaques suffered injuries to his brain, face, ears, stomach, back, buttocks and legs, and also suffered internal abdominal injuries.
Death sentence: Woodard, 40, was convicted in October of first-degree murder. In December, he was sentenced to death. Twinn regularly left Jaques and his younger sister with Woodard, even though he watched them in a squalor-filled home and despite the fact Twinn had "quality child care" available to her, court documents state.
York City Detective Al Clarkson has said that on the day Jaques was killed, Woodard left the children alone to go to a nearby store. When he returned, he attacked Jaques after realizing the toddler had smeared feces on the kitchen carpet and himself.
Spurned: Woodard had feelings for Twinn, but she did not reciprocate, according to Clarkson.
At his murder trial, Woodard said he had no romantic interest in Twinn. But at his sentencing hearing, he professed his love for her in open court.
Twinn knew Woodard was basically squatting in an "essentially abandoned house" at 140 W. Boundary Ave., court documents state. At least twice while in Woodard's care, Jaques suffered injuries to his face and head, but Twinn continued to have Woodard watch her children, documents state.
Improved life: "It's hard for her to even talk about it," Reiner said of her client.
"I think her way of coping with it has been to try to improve herself and her life, and do the best she can for her kids now."
Since Jaques' murder, Twinn has completed parenting classes and works full time, according to Reiner.
"She's done everything asked of her," the attorney said. "I'm impressed with how she's changed her life.
"I think she was just in a bad place and not making good decisions," she said. "But she obviously didn't anticipate anything like this would happen."
First assistant district attorney Jennifer Russell, who prosecuted the case, declined comment.