CROWN POINT — A foster mother charged with the murder of her 20-month-old foster child will go on trial Feb. 5 in Lake County Criminal Court.
Jamilia Shenese Hodge, 32, faces multiple charges including murder, aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in death and other felonies, in connection with the death of Emma Salinas. The child was pronounced dead by the Lake County coroner’s office at 12:54 p.m. May 5 at Hodge’s Gary residence.
Gary police were called at 11:42 a.m. to that residence in the 7500 block of Ash Avenue for a report of an unresponsive child, according to police records.
Hodge appeared Monday before Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell in green Lake County Jail garb and shackled. Defense attorney T. Edward Page requested a speedy trial during prior court proceedings.
The defendant is being held without bail in the Lake County Jail. Her next court appearance is Dec. 11 with the pretrial conference set for Jan. 9.