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Thursday, 20 December 2012 10:23

Mother accused in son's death could go to trial

(BAD AXE) -- A jury trial for the Huron County mother accused in the death of her 23-month of son has been set. 29-year old Jennifer Lynn Emerick appeared in Circuit Court Monday for her arraignment with her lawyer. She has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse stemming from the death of Donavin Cochrane on December 29, 2011. The trial has been scheduled for April 23 with a final plea agreement deadline of April 1. Prosecutors believes Emerick asphyxiated her child by holding him face down into his pillow, while the defense argues it was an accidental death. Emerick had originally faced a second degree murder charge in the case. Her posted bond was continued.