Woman charged in burning death
Wed, 01 Aug 2007 23:21:01 GMT —
An Iberia mother is charged Wednesday with murder for setting fire to her baby.
What was already a shocking case of child abuse became even more so Tuesday afternoon.
The baby, Wayne Anderson Jr. died at University Hospital in Columbia just before 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.
It's bad, it's very, very sad, said Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbbott. When anybody who loses their life especially an infant."
After hearing of the infant TMs death, Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard charged Christina White with first-degree murder.
To prove a charge of first-degree murder, Howard will have to show a jury white thought about killing her child before setting the fire.
The probable cause statement shows white told police she was stressed and wanted her child to die.
White still faces the original charges, including first degree arson and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The murder charge has a possible punishment of life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
Howard says asking for the death penalty has not been ruled out.
White has been in police custody since she was arrested on July 13, but given the nature of the crime she's charged with, protecting white from other inmates has been a priority.
"As a sheriff part of your job is to protect people that are in your facility or in your custody, says Abbott. That's part of our job and we are doing that right now."
White is no longer in miller county's jail. The prosecutor would only confirm that she is being held in a neighboring county.
This is the first murder case for Howard; he says the county is considering asking for help from the state attorney general's office.
"Because of the heightened security that a case like a homicide will receive on a review its important that every step of the case be performed carefully and that any errors or mistakes are eliminated, said Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard.
White is scheduled to appear in court on Monday August 13th to be arraigned on the new murder charges.Howard says there is always a possibility that white could request to have the case moved to another city.