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Woman pleads not guilty in son's death

March 02, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A woman accused of abuse that caused the death of her 6-month-old child in August 2008 is scheduled to be tried on three felony charges, beginning June 2.

Monica W. Boggs, 19, of 8791 Hedgesville Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., was arraigned Monday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III on counts of death of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and gross child neglect creating substantial risk of bodily injury.

Defense attorney B. Craig Manford entered a not-guilty plea on all three counts on behalf of his client, who waived her right to a speedy trial.

Even with the additional time, Manford indicated the trial could be delayed, given the evidence in the case.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely told the judge on Monday that she expects a three-day trial.

Boggs' son, Skylar Trigg Boggs, died Aug. 19 as a result of blunt-force trauma. The West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Skylar had a "deep" bruise around his left eye, according to court records.

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Police have said the defendant admitted to throwing a bottle at the child on Aug. 16 at their home. Attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful.

Boggs was released on a $100,000 bond after waiving her right to a preliminary hearing in magistrate court and Manford said Monday that his client has visited him regularly. She is staying with relatives and is not to be in contact with young children, Manford said.

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