Lonna Barton pleads guilty to child neglect, lying to police
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Lonna Barton

via WJXT:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- (WJXT) -- Lonna Barton, the mother of the toddler who disappeared over the summer and was never found, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of child neglect and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

When Barton pleaded guilty, she gave up her Fifth Amendment rights, which means that if the prosecution or defense calls her as a witness in Ruben Ebron's trial, she can't say no.

"The only condition of her plea, the only concession of her plea -- she is testifying and will testify," Assistant State Attorney Rich Mantei said.

READ: Terms of guilty plea - Fourth Judicial Circuit, State of Florida (.PDF)

Barton and Ebron, who were dating at the time, were charged with child neglect and lying to police after Barton's son, Lonzie, disappeared in July.

FULL STORY: Lonna Barton pleads guilty to child neglect, lying to police - WJXT

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