Vernal mother takes plea deal in child abuse case

A Vernal woman has accepted a plea deal from Uintah County prosecutors, agreeing not to contest allegations that she let her husband physically abuse their son and admitting that she lied to investigators about the abuse.

Karysa Marie Smith entered a no contest plea Tuesday in 8th District Court to child abuse, a second-degree felony, and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, a class B misdemeanor.

Police and prosecutors say Smith, 26, knowingly allowed her husband, Adam Joshua Smith, to inflict a life-threatening head injury on the couple’s 7-year-old son.

The Smiths’ son was treated for that injury on April 4 at Ashley Regional Medical Center. They told doctors the boy had fallen down a flight of five ceramic stairs at home, according to court records.

The boy was treated and released from the hospital, but was brought back five days later after a Division of Child and Family Services caseworker noticed more severe bruising, investigators said.