Mother charged in death of 2-year-old court date reset

Meagan Work (Left) is in custody following the disappearance of Colton Turner (Right) and the subsequent discovery of a child's body in southeast Austin.
Meagan Work (Left) is in custody following the disappearance of Colton Turner (Right) and the subsequent discovery of a child's body in southeast Austin.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The mother charged in the death of her two-year-old son was expected to be back in court on Wednesday, but her court date has been reset. The new court appearance has not been announced.

Meagan Work is pleading not-guilty to the charges of tampering with evidence and injury to a child. She is accused of injuring her son Colton Turner, which resulted in his death and allegedly led to her burying him in a shallow grave. The toddler was found buried in a field in southeast Austin back in September 2014.

Work’s boyfriend, Michael Turner took a plea deal in February and received 20 years in jail. He will now likely become a key witness for the prosecution since the majority of the testimony Work gave Cedar Park Police and the FBI will not be admissible in court. According to Cedar Park Police Department Lt. Chance Thomas, Work admitted to knowing her son had died, and held the light for Michael Turner as he dug up dirt.

An internal investigation found there were four Child Protective Service investigations into the allegations that Colton was being abused. Supervisors and case workers failed to follow policy and made many mistakes according to officials. Three CPS workers were fired for how they handled the case.

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s