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Tazewell Co. mother pleads not guilty in infant's death

TAZEWELL (WVVA) - A Tazewell County woman charged in the death of her baby has pleaded not guilty.

Karen Ann Elder, 46, of Richlands was indicted in September 2012 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter as well as felony child endangerment.

Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee said in a previous report that Elder gave birth in September 2011 -- the newborn lived less than one hour. The medical examiner concluded that drugs taken by Elder while pregnant caused the baby's death.

Elder is now scheduled for a pretrial hearing on June 4.

The jury trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 16.

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