By Connie Osborne Friday 01 November 2013 Updated: 01/11 08:04
A COUPLE accused of causing the death of their child will face trial in June next year.
Tyler Vallance and Jessica Jamie Rosamay Wiggins appeared before Worcester Crown Court on Monday (October 28) where they were told to expect to stand trial on June 4 despite not formally entering a plea.
The trial is expected to last four to five weeks and will take place at Worcester or Birmingham Crown Court.
Vallance, aged 20 and who is currently in prison, is charged with the murder of his two-month-old daughter Isabella Vallance last year.
He is further charged with the ill treatment or neglect of a child between October 5 and December 7 last year.
Wiggins, aged 19, and of Engadine Road, Bromsgrove, is charged with causing or allowing the death of a child, contrary to section 5(1) and (7) of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004.
The pair were arrested on December 9 last year after their daughter received injuries at a Redditch home.
She was admitted to the Alexandra Hospital on December 7 and was then transfered to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital on December 12 where she later died.
Judge Patrick Thomas QC told both defendants they will appear in court on December 9 for further case management.
Wiggins was re-bailed following the condition she does not have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16, without informing Children’s Services, unless it is unavoidable to do so in every day life.
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