May 6, 2011 11:53 PM by Sharon Knight

Woman accused in Monument girl's death takes plea deal

Our partners at The Gazette are reporting that Monique Lynch is taking a plea deal. She is the woman accused of murder after the corpse of a 9-year-old girl was found in the crawl space of a Monument home. Lynch has reportedly pleaded guilty to child abuse causing death. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors will drop a 1st degree murder charge against her.

A sentencing hearing for Lynch is set for June 30. She faces 10 to 32 years in prison.

Further details about the plea agreement are not available, including whether Lynch will testify against the girl's father, Hanif Sims. His trial is set for May 31 on charges of felony child abuse.

The body of 9-year-old Genesis Sims was discovered May 14, 2010, by two contractors who were digging a pit for a sump pump in the crawl space beneath a duplex where Sims and Lynch had once lived.



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