CROWN POINT — A deputy prosecutor warned Monday a plea offer was available only a few more weeks for a Gary woman charged with murder last year in her 1-year-old foster child's smothering.

Jamilia Hodge, 32, appeared Monday at a pretrial conference in Lake Criminal Court with defense attorney T. Edward Page.

Page said he was waiting on medical records in the case to be provided by the state. He requested a final pretrial conference for April 23.

Deputy Prosecutor Samantha Wuletich said that would be the final date the Lake County prosecutor's office would be willing to enter into a plea agreement with Hodge.

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Wuletich did not provide details in court about the plea offer. Page declined to comment on the offer after the hearing.

Hodge is charged with murder, battery and neglect of a dependent in the death May 5 of Emma Salinas, a foster child who was cared for by Hodge at her residence in the 7500 block of Ash Avenue in Gary.

A coroner determined Emma died from suffocation, complicated by blunt force trauma to the head. Hodge allegedly admitted in an interview with police she smothered the child.

A jury trial is scheduled for May 7.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.