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Mother of young boy found beaten to death found guilty on three counts of child abuse

The mother of a fatally beaten young boy was found guilty on three counts of child abuse and found not guilty of kidnapping, late Monday night.

Roshaun Malone is accused of doing nothing to prevent the beating death of her 7-year-old son. Malone's attorney told jurors that she did not inflict any kind of injuries.

Earlier Monday, closing arguments were presented in the trial of Malone who's accused of child abuse and second-degree kidnapping in the Oct. 30 death of her son, Richard Findley.

Prosecutors say Malone tied up her son and beat him with a belt and phone charger. Police say, Kenneth Robinson, Malone’s boyfriend, delivered the fatal blow to Richard when he punched him in the stomach.

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Jonathan MacArthur, Malone’s attorney, says injuries to Richard’s body were not inflicted his client.

“They're so deep,” MacArthur said in court. “They could only be made by the same person who hit him so hard it ruptured his colon.”

Prosecutors say Malone did nothing to help her child.

“The real problem is she's too lazy and obsessed with Kenny to change her ways,” said Clark County Deputy District Attorney Erika Mendoza.

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During her trial, Malone admitted to working as a prostitute and giving all of her money to Robinson. While the defense says Malone was living in fear of Robinson, Mendoza says Malone had plenty of opportunities to leave but chose a man over the safety of her son.

“She said she doesn't like Shade Tree (shelter), but the standard for no means of escape isn't that you have a limo waiting to take you to the Four Seasons,” Mendoza said.

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The jury will begin deliberations on Tuesday morning at theRegional Justice Center.

A preliminary hearing for Robinson is scheduled for Feb. 14in Las Vegas Justice Court.

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