FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno judge has ordered a trial in the case of a foster mother accused of killing her newborn foster daughter.
Fresno County Superior Court Judge Gregory Fain ruled Thursday that Jovannee Reynolds must stand trial for shaking 1-month-old Mikayla Tabin to death in September 2010.
The 25-year-old Reynolds faces charges of murder and assault. She is also charged with abusing a 3-year-old boy in her care.
The Fresno Bee reports Reynolds pleaded not guilty and is free on bail.
Her attorney Martin Teleisnik says the baby's injury could be the result of freak trauma that occurred during birth or an assault by her foster brother.
Reynolds could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted. She's due in court Sept. 12 for a pre-trial briefing.
Information from: The Fresno Bee