Mother expected to be released Tuesday on bail

Troy woman indicted for manslaughter in death of baby

By Stephen Betts | Feb 07, 2017
Photo by: David Leaming/Morning Sentinel Miranda Hopkins of Troy was indicted Feb. 7 for manslaughter in connection with the death of her infant son.

Rockland — A 32-year-old Troy woman was indicted Tuesday, Feb. 7, in connection with the Jan. 12 death of her 2-month-old son.

Miranda Hopkins was indicted by a Knox County grand jury in Rockland for manslaughter in the death of Jaxson Hopkins. This is a lesser charge than the murder count on which she was initially arrested last month.

Her attorney Christopher MacLean said he expected Hopkins to be released on bail Tuesday afternoon. Bail was set at $5,000 cash or $50,000 in real estate surety.

Hopkins is expected to have an arraignment on the charge Feb. 27, although that could change, MacLean said.

The indictment alleges the woman recklessly or with criminal negligence caused the baby's death. The Maine Attorney General's Office presented the case to the grand jury that met for two days this week.

Murder carries a potential life sentence with a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison. Manslaughter has no mandatory minimum with a potential 30-year sentence.

MacLean said Hopkins "absolutely" would plead not guilty at her initial court appearance on the manslaughter charge.

Police stated in an affidavit filed last month with Belfast District Court that the baby died from blunt force head injuries that included cuts and bruises on the head and skull, rib fractures, and bleeding on the surface of the brain.

Hopkins suggested to police that the baby could have been crushed or smothered accidentally by one of her other sons, 8 and 6, both of whom are autistic, according to court documents.

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