Mom pleads not guilty in baby starvation death

A southern Oregon woman has pleaded not guilty to murder and other counts in the starvation death of her baby.

Stephen Williams Jr. and Amanda Hancock, Feb. 17, 2015 (Douglas County Sheriff's Office)
Stephen Williams Jr. and Amanda Hancock, Feb. 17, 2015 (Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – A southern Oregon woman has pleaded not guilty to murder and other counts in the starvation death of her baby.

The News-Review newspaper (http://bit.ly/1QtFBQt ) reports 21-year-old Amanda Hancock entered the plea Friday during a hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court in Roseburg.

She and the baby’s father were arrested last February after an autopsy determined the 7-week old baby died of starvation.

The charging document says the couple showed extreme indifference to human life in causing Data Toria Hancock’s death by failing to provide him adequate food and medical care.

An affidavit filed by deputies says the parents told investigators they were involved in online pornography.

The baby’s father, 26-year-old Stephen Michael Williams Jr., is to go on trial next May.

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