MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — The babysitter accused of torturing 4-year-old Myls Dobson for more than two weeks before he died in a luxury Midtown high-rise was indicted on 12 criminal counts, including charges of felony assault and child endangerment.
"Not guilty," King, wearing a baggy orange jumpsuit, told Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Rena Uviller from the defense table during her arraignment.
Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg read off a litany of abuses little Myls endured for nearly three weeks while under King's care, including being burned with an oven rack, hit with the metal end of a belt and forced to stand outside for up to an hour in frigid temperatures.
Blumberg added that prosecutors were still ready to pursue murder charges against King if the Medical Examiner's office rules the death a homicide.
The initial autopsy on Dobson was inconclusive.
Myls was left in King's care after police arrested his father, who was his primary custodian, for failing to show up in court in New Jersey to face bank fraud charges.
King became enraged when the boy asked to go to McDonald's and beat the child, sources told DNAinfo New York.
King also told detectives that she watched him die on Jan. 8 and then called friends before calling for help, sources said.
"She described watching Myls die right in front of her. He was slumped over in the bathtub," Blumberg told the judge during King's arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court last month on assault and reckless endangerment charges. "She watched until his body completely shut down."
While in King’s care, Dobson lost 20-25 pounds, according to the criminal complaint.
She is due back in court on March 26.