A Menifee Co woman pleaded guilty Friday to the murder of her 20-month-old daughter. Reports indicated that Aria Blanton died from injuries she received when she was allegedly abused by Robert Collins in the days leading up to her death. Investigators testified that the young girl was physically and sexually abused and that Blanton knew about the abuse, but did not call Police to reports it. Blanton pleaded guilty Friday in Rowan Co to murder and the amended charges of complicity to criminal abuse. She could face up to 20 years in prison. Robert Collins’ is accused of abusing the girl and his trial is scheduled for November 2019. He has a status hearing in December.
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