WEST ALEXANDRIA — A request for a change of venue in the trial of Preble County mother accused in her child’s death was denied last week.
Jury trial for 37-year-old Christy Lynn Warwick, the West Alexandria mother arrested in May on charges relating to the death of her toddler son in December, is set to begin next Monday, Oct. 24, in Preble County Common Pleas Court.
In court documents filed last week, regarding Warwick’s request to change to move her trial out of Preble County, Judge David Abruzzo noted “the defendant simply states that ‘the news and press coverage surrounding this case have made it impossible to be afforded a fair trial within t his jurisdiction,’ without offering any evidence of same, such as copies of articles, dates and times of television coverage, or contents of the same.”
Warwick faces charges including one count endangering children, a third-degree felony, and one count involuntary manslaughter, a first degree felony.
Trial in the case was originally scheduled for June 27, moved to July 25, then moved to Aug. 29, prior to the most recent delay.
The pre-trial conference took place last Thursday, Oct. 13.
Preble County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating the death of the 21-month-old child on Dec. 13, 2015, after responding to a 5247 Lexington Road residence when Warwick called 9-1-1 “reporting that her son was unresponsive,” Sheriff Mike Simpson said earlier this year.
The boy, Sylas Warwick, was transported to the Preble County ER facility in Eaton, and later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Dayton, according to Simpson. He died on Dec. 14.
The death of Sylas Warwick was ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head.
After an investigation by Preble County Sheriff’s officials, Christy Warwick was indicted and arrested on Wednesday, May 4. She is being represented by Eaton attorney Brian A. Muenchenbach.
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