The mother who abandoned her 3-year-old son in January in southern El Paso County avoided an attempted first-degree murder conviction by pleading guilty Friday to felony child abuse.

According to Lee Richards, a 4th Judicial District Attorney spokeswoman, Nyesha Hall-Gonzalez, 28, could get anywhere from probation to 16 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections when she is sentenced at 11 a.m. on December 14.

Richards said there are no sentencing guidelines for the charge and it is totally up to Judge David Lee Shakes.

El Paso County deputies found Hall-Gonzalez wandering shoeless in January, prompting a frantic search for her son near the Pueblo County line. Deputies, including police dog Axel and search and rescue personell, eventually found the boy.

He had what were called superficial injuries and was reunited him with his father, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said after the search.