Edmond woman to stand trial in foster child's death

An Edmond woman was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a felony child abuse charge in connection with the January 2009 death of her 2-year-old foster child.
BY RANDY ELLIS rellis@opubco.com Published: December 1, 2010
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GUTHRIE — An Edmond woman was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a felony child abuse charge in connection with the January 2009 death of her 2-year-old foster child.

Amy L. Holder, 39, of Edmond, is accused of child abuse in connection with events leading up to the Jan. 20, 2009, death of her foster child, Naomi Whitecrow.

Prosecutors waited almost a year before charging Holder because of difficulties in determining the girl's cause of death.

Employees of the Oklahoma medical examiner's concluded Naomi died “under suspicious circumstances,” but listed the means of death as “undetermined” and the cause of death as “unknown.”

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation then asked Indiana pathologist Dean A. Hawley for a second opinion. He concluded the cause of death was blunt force injury to the head, abdomen and extremities.

Holder reported she asked the Department of Human Services to find the girl another home, but her requests were ignored.

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