MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A judge Monday agreed to postpone the change-of-plea and sentencing hearing for a woman accused in the December 2010 death of her 2-month-old son.
Jessica Skupnick, 23, agreed earlier this year to enter an Alford plea to gross neglect of a child resulting in death, according to the prosecutor.
Skupnick would not be admitting guilt by entering an Alford plea, but still would be acknowledging that there is sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.
Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely did not oppose the postponement Monday.
Defense attorney B. Craig Manford told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III that he needed more time to follow up on items in a pre-plea investigation report he received April 25.
In a three-page motion filed with the court, Manford noted that he wanted to have counselors who have been treating Skupnick to be present for the sentencing hearing, saying he believed it would be “extremely helpful” to the court.