Two women involved in four-year-old's death appear in court

Two women involved in four-year-old's death appear in court

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The two women accused of playing a role in the killing of four-year-old Aaliyah Smith were in court Friday morning.

Shackled and in an orange jumpsuit Bridget White appeared with her attorney. She has been in jail since just before Thanksgiving when Aaliyah was found dead in her home.

During the pretrial Judge Franks, in agreement with both sides, confirmed that White will stand trial June 26.

Friday was supposed to be the final pretrial however much more needs to be done before June 26. Therefore the judge has decided to include one more pretrial before White faces a jury.

Reports from an expert testifying for the defense need to be received along with the prosecution telling White's attorneys which portions of jail phone calls they're going to use in trial.

White faces Aggravated Murder and Murder charges. The coroner that performed the autopsy on Aaliyah ruled her death as a homicide after seeing signs of neglect and malnourishment.

Shaquana Williams was also in the same courtroom Friday. She was recently charged with Child Endangerment in this case because she was responsible for Aaliyah Smith. According to police Williams knowingly allowed Aaliyah to go into the care of White before her death.

Judge Franks allowed Williams to have her ankle monitoring device removed pending her trial in July.

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