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."