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Tuesday, 02 April 2013 15:09

Murder Charge reinstated against Huron County mother

(BAD AXE) -- A jury trial for the Huron County mother accused in the death of her 23-month old son has been scheduled for July 16. 29-year old Jennifer Emerick had a final plea agreement deadline on Monday, April 1. Prosecutor Tim Rutkowski submitted a motion requesting a review of the charges, which were reduced to involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse during a hearing in November. The judge this week reinstated the original charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and first-degree child abuse. The charges stem from the death of Donavin Cochrane on December 29, 2011.

Prosecutors believe Emerick asphyxiated her child by holding him face down into his pillow, while the defense argues it was an accidental death. Emerick's posted bond was continued.