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Parents court

Brandon Tory Edwards and Kayla Jean Edwards

BILLINGS - A Billings woman and her husband accused in the death of their infant son pleaded not guilty to all charges on Thursday in District Court.

District Court Judge Mary Jane Knisely continued Kayla Jean Edwards' bond at $350,000.

Edwards, 23, is accused of beating and strangling Tavaris Michael Edwards, 10 weeks, until he was unconscious on Christmas Day.

The child died on Dec. 27 in a Denver hospital.

Knisely continued bond at $200,000 for Brandon Tory Edwards, 28.

Public defender Abigail Houle represented the couple, who appeared by video from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

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Houle sought a bond reduction to $20,000 based on the fact that it is Brandon Edwards’ first criminal offense, but Knisely denied the request.

Kayla Edwards is charged with deliberate homicide, which is punishable by up to life in prison, and one count of assault on a minor.

Brandon Edwards is charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault and one charge of assault on a minor.

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