LISBON - A trial date of Aug. 15 has been set for Miranda V. Todd, the 23-year-old former Salem woman charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and endangering children in the death of her infant son.
Todd appeared Monday morning for a scheduling hearing and agreed to waive the time requirement for trying her case, giving her attorneys and the state more time to prepare.
The scheduling conference had been set for March 10, but was moved up due to the short try-by time. She's been in jail since being arrested in December, with a $250,000 cash or surety bond continued.
A status hearing was set for 9 a.m. Aug. 5 and a motions hearing was set for 9 a.m. March 18.
The charges all stem from the July 23 death of Todd's 7-month-old son, Derek Dennison. Salem Police were called to the emergency room at Salem Community Hospital that day for a deceased infant who had "multiple bruises and swelling to his head," according to an affidavit by Det. Dave Talbert.
She had taken him to the hospital in an unresponsive state from the residence where she lived at the time on Ellsworth Avenue in Salem.
Talbert also said an autopsy "revealed numerous injuries including skull and rib fractures," with it appearing that some injuries happened over a stretch of time.
Todd was originally charged with endangering children, then the grand jury issued an indictment for murder, involuntary manslaughter and endangering children. If convicted of all three charges and ordered to serve consecutive sentences, she could be facing 30 years to life in prison, with a sentence of 15 years to life for murder, a maximum 10 years for manslaughter and a maximum five years for endangering children.
The murder indictment alleges that on or about July 22, Todd purposely caused the death of her son, while the involuntary manslaughter indictment alleges that on or about the month of July, she caused his death as a result of committing the offense of endangering children.
The endangering children charge alleges that on or about the month of July, she created "a substantial risk to the health or safety of Derek Dennison, by violating a duty of care, protection, or support, when such violation resulted in Derek Dennison suffering serious physical harm."
why isn't anyone else being looked at for this from my understanding there were other people in the house
i have a baby whom is 7 months old now and i would never dream of putting my hands on him in any such way to hurt him ... i also lost my last baby to SIDS at 5 months .... n would love nothing more than to have him back with me ... if you want my opinion she should have never went all the way through the pregnancy if she wanst ready to take on that much responsibility ... she didn't deserve to have been blessed with a child of God and in my opinion she deserves to die the same way the baby did! slowly n painfully over a long period of time!
I want to comment on the first comment as well as commenting on this you said why isnt anyone else being looked at this as well, well my opion she is the mother, a mothers job is to always protect her child, all these girls, women. act like it is such a hard job to protect their children if thats the way they feel dont have kids....or even if it is an accident and you got pregnant bless someone who is unable to have children with a angel, dont bring them into the world for a short period of time, and take there life away from them how unfair.... I am not gonna say she should rot in prison because honestly I think it should be an eye for an eye, I think she should suffer the way little DERRICK had to I really cant even sit here and say I feel some type of way for her cause I dont I think she is a very sick women and she should be ashamed of herself, And as for little DERRICK rest in piece little ANGEL sorry that your life got taken away from you but you are with the lord now, but we would have rather had you here with us... WE LOVE YOU BABY BOY!!!
I knew this woman personaly, She deserves to NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN, she had planned to get her tubes tied, BUT was about to be rolled to the O.R. and had the hospitle relese her so she could go to a drug party, the place were Derrick was concived. However i do not belive she did this alone, i belive she had more than one accomplice, i also belive that even if it was an accedent, SHE IS STILL COMPLETELY RESPONSABLE, she should have NEVER had Derrick in the first place, Because she had anouther child that she did not want, she gave that child to her mother, This woman was so pittiful that she had to have her GRANMOTHER PAY FOR EVERY LAST PENNY OF DERRICKS FUNERAL! I belive i speak for us ALL, She SHOULD BY RIGHT, be sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON
Closing arguements today!!! God I pray she pays!!
For all those wishing her to pay and then some, your wish has come true. Sitting in a prison cell not allowed to attend her mothers funeral or see her son in the hospital. Even messed up people realize and some point the wrongs they have done. But I personally feel everyone should have a chance to say their last goodbyes.
Oh hell NO!!!
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