JEFFERSON — Court filings indicate that Kelsie Blankenship, who has been accused of murdering her child, may be preparing to plead guilty.
A change of plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 2, according to court records. Blankenship was charged with two counts of murder, unclassified felonies, one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, three counts of endangering children, two second-degree felonies and one third-degree felony and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Blankenship was indicted in October, 2018, a year after her daughter, Sereniti Jazzlyn-Sky Sutley, died.
A trial in the case was scheduled to start this week, but was delayed in January, according to court records.
The change of plea hearing was added to the schedule on Wednesday, according to court records.
Joshua Gurto has also been charged in the death. Gurto has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder and three counts of murder, unclassified felonies, one count of rape, a first-degree felony, one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
A jury trial for Gurto is currently scheduled for May 4. Last year, Gurto sought to reduce his bond, which was set at $1 million. The request was denied in December.
Gurto is accused of raping and murdering Sereniti Sutley, prosecutors said when he was charged. Gurto fled the area in October, 2017, and was found north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania later that month.
Ashtabula County Prosecutor Colleen O’Toole could not be reached for comment.