Mother Accused of Daughter’s Murder Appears in Court

Thursday, September 24th, 2009 at 8:49 am

hotchkissThe Hinckley woman accused of starving her daughter to death in 2006 appeared in Pine County court, Thursday, for an omnibus hearing.  Ludusky Hotchkiss, 29, made her appearance before Judge Krista Martin.  Martin set a contested omnibus hearing for October 22nd at 1:30 p.m.

A contested omnibus hearing allows the defense to challenge the probable cause of the charges.

Hotchkiss is charged with one count of second-degree murder and three counts of second-degree manslaughter for starving her 10-year-old daughter, Lakesha Victor, to death.

According to the criminal complaint, Hotchkiss “failed to provide [her daughter] with minimally adequate parental care by not ensuring that she was receiving proper nutrition and other care for personal needs.”

Charges were filed in Pine County Court on July 31st.  If convicted of second degree murder, Hotchkiss faces up to 40 years in prison.   The manslaughter charges each carry a penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Hotchkiss is no longer in custody.

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