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Woman pleads guilty in beating death of 3-year-old stepson in Roxbury

Maria Buie pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and received a sentence of nine to 12 years. –Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

Ashley Young wept Friday when she confronted the woman who beat her 3-year-old son to death in 2016 in Roxbury, in a crime that shocked the city and tore a family apart.

Young spoke directly to the perpetrator, Maria Buie, 25, from the witness stand in Suffolk Superior Court, where Buie, the boy’s stepmother, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Young’s child, Kenai Whyte.

Buie received a prison term of nine to 12 years under the terms of a plea deal; she was previously indicted on a second-degree-murder charge in the case.

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