Hearing set for Turlock mom accused of killing 2-year-old daughter

09/07/2012 2:40 PM

09/07/2012 10:49 PM

A judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing March 1 for a Turlock mother accused of murder and willful cruelty to a child in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

Brandy Lee Rose Devine, 25, was arrested July 16 after authorities found her daughter, Stephanie Torres, dead at their home in the 1100 block of North Denair Avenue in Turlock.

The defendant appeared briefly Friday morning in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Judge Dawna Reeves scheduled Devine to return to court Oct. 12 for a pretrial hearing before the March preliminary hearing, when the judge will determine if there's enough evidence to proceed to trial.

Devine also has been charged with use of methamphetamine. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains in custody with her bail set at $1 million.

An enhancement has been added to her charges, alleging that she personally inflicted great bodily injury on the child. If convicted, the enhancement could lengthen a prison sentence.

The criminal complaint alleges that the child's death occurred between July 13 and 16. About 12:30 p.m. July 16, Turlock police responded to the home for a report of a nonresponsive child. When officers arrived, they found the child dead.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or (209) 578-2394.

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