Calif. mother to stand trial in toddler’s death
(AP) – 13 hours ago
LOS ANGELES — A Southern California mother has been ordered to stand trial for murder in the death of her 18-month-old daughter, whom she first claimed was violently kidnapped.
A Lancaster Superior Court judge found sufficient evidence Monday to order 24-year-old Stacey Barker of Quartz Hill to be tried on murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse charges.
Police say Barker initially lied when she told deputies that someone knocked her unconscious as she put her toddler, Emma Leigh, into the car March 19. She told sheriff’s deputies she awoke hours later half-dressed in a park-and-ride lot in Palmdale.
Officials say Barker later told deputies her daughter died in an accident and she panicked and dumped the body. She was arrested a month later and has been in jail since.
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