A Houston County Circuit Judge has set a January trial for a Dothan woman facing a manslaughter charge in the death of her infant.
Ericka Lee Dabney, 26, was to face trial in May on charges of murder and chemical endangerment, but Houston County Judge Todd Derrick remanded the murder case to the grand jury to correct the indictment at the request of prosecutors. A grand jury indicted Dabney on a lesser charge of manslaughter in September.
Dabney is also charged with chemical endangerment of a child. Her trial is scheduled for Jan. 13.
In its original indictment, the grand jury found that Dabney, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, recklessly engaged in conduct that created a grave risk of death to a person other than herself, and thereby caused the death of her 4-month-old infant by co-sleeping with the child while under the influence of multiple nonprescription controlled substances.
Dabney was arrested after Dothan police received a toxicology report, said Dothan police Lt. Lynn Watkins.
“During our investigation, it was revealed Dabney had multiple drugs in her system while being the sole caregiver for the child. The intoxicants found in Dabney created a grave risk of death to the infant,” Watkins said. “It was also determined Dabney violated a safe plan put in place by the Department of Human Resources. The plan stated that Dabney had to be supervised when in the company of her three children. On Aug. 16, the day of the infant’s death, the mother was found alone with the child. Dabney’s other two children have been placed with their respective biological fathers.”
According to police, Dabney tested positive for amphetamines, opiates and benzodiazepines for which she had no prescription when she gave birth to the child. At birth, the child also tested positive for amphetamines. After the test results came back positive for the infant, DHR implemented the safety plan.