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Mother's trial in infant death case delayed

March 30, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The trial for a 19-year-old Berkeley County woman charged in the death of her infant son in August 2008 is expected to be rescheduled next week after her attorney said Monday he needed more time to prepare for the case.

Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III that she did not object to defense attorney B. Craig Manford's motion for a continuance, but did not have her schedule in court to set a new trial date.

Monica W. Boggs of 8791 Hedgesville Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., was indicted in February 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.

Boggs' son, Skylar Trigg Boggs, died Aug. 19, 2008, as a result of blunt-force trauma. The West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the 7-month-old boy had a "deep" bruise around his left eye, according to court records.

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Police have said Boggs admitted throwing a bottle at the child on Aug. 16 at their home and subsequent attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful.

Police have said the child's mother admitted that she threw her son into his crib before he died, that his head struck a hard surface and the forceful landing in the crib caused a loud noise.

In an interview with police, the mother said she also threw a bottle that struck her son in the left eye at their home, according to court records.

Attempts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful after he was found not breathing, police said.

Manford, who has been retained by a family member, told Silver on Monday that his client was expecting a settlement from an unrelated civil case to help pay for records and other services needed for her defense.

A hearing on the civil case is scheduled for next month, Manford said. Boggs' trial had been scheduled for June.

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