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Florida woman, 26, faces 15 years in jail after death of son, 2

Florida mom, 26, faces 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to child neglect in death of her two-year-old son who was punched so hard his intestines burst

  • Victoria Toth and boyfriend, Johnathan Pursglove charged with manslaughter
  • Toth’s son Jayce Martin was found unresponsive in Orlando, Florida, in 2018 
  • Toth faces 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to child neglect as part of a deal 
  • Pursglove – who has a history of domestic violence – has plea hearing in March 

Victoria Toth, 26, (pictured) and her boyfriend, Johnathan Pursglove, 27, were both charged with aggravated manslaughter over the death of Toth’s son Jayce Martin in Orlando, Florida, in 2018 

The mother of a two-year-old boy who died when a ‘sucker punch’ to the stomach caused his intestines to ‘explode’ has pleaded guilty to aggravated child neglect.

Victoria Toth, 26, and her boyfriend, Johnathan Pursglove, 27, were both charged with aggravated manslaughter over the death of Toth’s son Jayce Martin in Orlando, Florida, in 2018. 

Now Toth faces 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to child neglect yesterday as part of a deal that saw the more-severe charge dropped.

Officials have not revealed who they suspect beat Jayce.

But they pointed out Pursglove has a history of domestic violence. His plea hearing is scheduled for March 3, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

Jacye was malnourished and bruised when he was found unresponsive and surrounded by vomit and bile on the floor of his bedroom, medics said. 

An arrest affidavit for Toth said her son was likely tortured to death – and found Jayce could have been saved if he’d been seen by a doctor.   

Toth said she left her son with her boyfriend Pursglove when she went to work, but came home on July 15 to find the youngster unusually tired.

Jayce was seriously ill for three days when Toth found him lying face down in a pool of vomit at around 6.30am on July 18 – prompting her to call 911.

His biological father Robert Martin had told Toth to seek medical attention for the toddler sooner, but she did not. 

Jacye was malnourished and bruised when he was found unresponsive and surrounded by vomit and bile on the floor of his bedroom, medics said

An arrest affidavit for Toth said her son (pictured) was likely tortured to death - and found Jayce could have been saved if he'd been seen by a doctor

Jacye was malnourished and bruised when he was found unresponsive and surrounded by vomit and bile on the floor of his bedroom, medics said. An arrest affidavit for Toth said her son was likely tortured to death – and found Jayce could have been saved if he’d been seen by a doctor 

Pursglove (pictured) - who has a history of domestic violence - has a plea hearing scheduled for March 3.

Pursglove was performing CPR on the toddler when emergency crews arrived at the home in Washington Shores and pronounced him dead.

Pursglove (pictured) – who has a history of domestic violence – has a plea hearing scheduled for March 3. 

Pursglove was performing CPR on Jayce when emergency crews arrived at the house in Washington Shores and pronounced him dead.

Investigators have said they believe Toth watched for days as her child slipped into a coma because she was ‘scared of getting in trouble’.  

Police found a ‘broken toilet lid and broken toilet seat’ in the bathroom in Jacye’s bedroom, leading them to suspect this was the weapon used to beat the boy.

The toilet lid and seat appeared to be clean which indicated a ‘recent struggle or fight.’ 

Jayce (pictured) had been seriously ill for three days when Toth came home July 18 and found him lying face down in a pool of vomit at around 6.30am - prompting her to call 911

Jayce (pictured) had been seriously ill for three days when Toth came home July 18 and found him lying face down in a pool of vomit at around 6.30am – prompting her to call 911 

Toth (pictured in court) faces just 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to child neglect as part of a deal that saw the more-severe charge dropped

Toth (pictured in court) faces just 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to child neglect as part of a deal that saw the more-severe charge dropped 

There were also fist-sized holes in the walls, according to police. 

Doctors said the ‘sucker punch’ to the boy’s stomach was so severe his intestines ‘exploded’, which lead to an infection.

Judge Mark Blechman accepted Toth’s plea deal and she will be sentenced at a later date.

In 2019, Toth claimed Jayce’s ghost visited and comforted her while she was behind bars. She has since been released.

It was also revealed that Toth and Pursglove had been keeping in contact even though the were ordered not to.   

Orange County jailhouse records showed that the two had been in communication, WFTV reports. Conversations focused on Jayce.

‘I talk to Jayce and he tells me that this is something that we are supposed to go through,’ Toth said at the time. 

‘Hearing Jayce tell me that we’re going to get through it gives me something to hold onto.’ 

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