Capt. David Thoroughman, of the Portsmouth Police Department, said last year that at about 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 13, someone told an officer two children had been abused. The officer responded to a house where an injured 13-month-old child was found.
The child was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center by ambulance, and it was later learned that a 3-week-old girl already had been taken to SOMC. Both of the children were described as having multiple injuries and were later transported to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.
Thoroughman said in November, the 3-week-old girl was placed in an induced coma in an attempt to save her life.
The childrens' mother, Lacey Beck, was taken into custody in the 1300 block of Armstrong Street, on Nov. 16., and was later indicted by the Scioto County grand jury on Dec. 19 for child endangering, felonious assault and attempted murder.
According to Judge William Marshall's office in the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas, Beck entered a plea of not guilty on Jan. 10, and during her pretrial on Wednesday, she was rescheduled for a criminal plea hearing on March 23.
A spokesperson in Marshall's office said a criminal plea hearing typically is conducted to change a defendant's plea in the charges filed against them.
Along with Beck, Port-smouth police also arrested Eric D. McGlone, of Portsmouth, who was only 17-years-old at the time of his arrest in November and is the father of the then 3-week-old child.
The Scioto County Prosecutor's Office announced in January that McGlone, who turned 18 on Jan. 5, will be tried as an adult on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.
McGlone also was seen on Wednesday, and Marshall's office said he was scheduled for final pretrial on May 10, and jury trial following on May 14.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235.