Mother to face trial in toddler’s poisoning

North County Times; Escondido, CA, USA

January 14, 2009

A young mother who authorities said deliberately mixed drain cleaner with her toddler’s apple juice must face trial for child abuse and other charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Christina Noel Howell has pleaded not guilty…If she is convicted, she could face up to life in prison….

Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said Howell told authorities the child’s ingestion of caustic chemicals, once on May 25 and again on May 28, was accidental….(Full Story)

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