DUBUQUE, Iowa  — The mother of a 2-year-old Dubuque boy who died last year is asking a judge to let her speak with the man accused of killing him.

Television station KCRG reports Kylee Vandermuelen asked a judge Wednesday to lift a no contact order between her and her former boyfriend, Nicholas Reed. She says she needs to communicate with Reed because she’s pregnant with his child.

Reed faces first-degree murder and other charges in the November death of Bentley Randall. He has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say Reed was babysitting Bentley while Vandermuelen was at work. She later took the boy to a local hospital for submersion burns and head trauma.

Doctors say Bentley died from blunt force trauma to the head.

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