Mother pleads no contest to toddler's brutal murder

Mother pleads no contest to the murder of her two-year-old daughter (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Nearly three years after Andrea Bradley showed up at Children's Hospital with her emaciated, two-year-old daughter dead in her arms, the 31-year-old has entered a no contest plea in the child's death.

Bradley pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges of murder and child endangering. In exchange, the prosecutor dropped a charge of aggravated murder. Bradley would not have been eligible for the death penalty if she had been convicted of aggravated murder because her IQ is in the 60's. Bradley looked dazed and a bit sleepy as she agreed to the plea deal.

Judge Robert Ruehlman: "You're Andrea Bradley?"

Andrea Bradley: "Yes."

Judge Ruehlman: "And do you accept this plea bargain and do you understand the plea bargain, the charges?"

Andrea Bradley: "Yes."

Bradley accepting a plea slowly brings her case to a close. She had refused to enter a plea in the past. Bradley's daughter, Glenara Bates, suffered tremendous abuse in her short life. Glenara was malnourished and weighed only 13 lbs. at the time of her death - the average weight of a three or four-month-old baby.

"The defendant, Andrea Bradley, recklessly abused Glenara Bates, her daughter," an assistant prosecutor said in court Wednesday.

An autopsy revealed whip, burn and bite marks on the toddler. At the trial of her father, Glen Bates, Glenara's older sister testified that Glen had slammed her against the wall the day that she died. Bates also admitted to biting Glenara.

Glenara and her siblings had been removed from the home only to be returned. Her death led two social workers to resign and two supervisors were suspended. It also led to calls for more training and money to hire more social workers.

A spokesperson for Hamilton County Job & Family Services said Wednesday that several recommendations were made following a review of the agency in the wake of Glenara's death. Brian Gregg said the agency received approval to hire 60 social workers and managers in late 2016 and the agency was still in the process of filling those positions. Gregg said there were several vacancies at JFS at the time of Glenara's death and the agency worked to fill those along with implementing other reforms.

Bradley faces 23 years to life when she's sentenced on Jan. 24.

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