Mother Accused of Daughter’s Death Pleads Not Guilty

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at 1:24 pm

hotchkissThe Hinckley woman accused of starving her daughter to death in 2006 pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday in Pine County court .  Ludusky Hotchkiss, 29, 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.

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.

A jury trial is scheduled to start on January 11th, 2010.

According to the criminal complaint, Pine County Sheriffs were called to the residence of 205 Nobles Street in Hinckley on August 20th, 2006.  There they discovered Victor dead.  Victor was found unresponsive by another child who lived in the house.

Doctors found that a lack of nutrition would have made Victor even more susceptible to her already existent case of Pneumonia.   The complaint states, Hotchkiss did not take her daughter to the hospital once during the summer of 2006, even after noticing Victor was losing weight. Read more from the complaint.

Hotchkiss remains free on bail.

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