Trial set Monday for Turlock mom accused of murdering daughter

10/24/2013 12:54 PM

10/24/2013 9:52 PM

Trial proceedings will start Monday for a Turlock woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter last year.

Brandy Lee Rose Devine, 26, appeared briefly in Stanislaus Superior Court on Thursday morning for a pretrial hearing.

Judge Dawna Reeves said she will hear motions Monday and jury selection will start Tuesday. The trial is estimated to last roughly three weeks.

Devine is accused of murder and inflicting great bodily injury in the death of her daughter, Stephanie Torres. Authorities found Stephanie lifeless in her crib July 16, 2012. A pathologist testified during Devine’s preliminary hearing that the child had not been fed or given anything to drink for several days prior to the discovery.

Pathologist Eugene Carpenter testified that the girl had been dead a day or two before she was found in the crib at the home in the 1100 block of N. Denair Avenue.

Authorities say Devine left Stephanie in the room on a Friday and did not open the door until Monday. She allegedly told police she smoked meth after feeling ill all weekend.

When Devine was arrested, she tested positive for methamphetamine use within the past 72 hours.

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