UPDATE: Suspects in toddler's death waive prelim hearings - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Suspects in toddler's death waive prelim hearings

Brandy Smallwood Brandy Smallwood
James Green James Green

BECKLEY (WVVA) - The mother and stepfather of a toddler killed after an apparent case of abuse appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Brandy Smallwood, 27, and James Green, 23, both waived their right to a preliminary hearing in exchange for open file discovery -- which means the defense will have access to the prosecution's files.

Green is charged with first-degree murder in the death of two-year-old Grayden Morgan.

Smallwood is charged with child neglect resulting in death.

The child died at a Charleston hospital on Feb. 9, after apparently suffering trauma at a home in the Fairdale community while in the care of Green.

Read WVVA.com's initial report

The criminal complaint against Green stated the child's life-ending injuries 'were consistent with him being grabbed, squeezed, shaken and punched.'

View the criminal complaint against Green

A psychological examination will be performed on Green.  

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