ROCKLAND, Maine — A Troy woman accused in the death of her 7-week-old son has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter and released on bail this week.
Miranda Hopkins, 32, was charged Monday by the Knox County grand jury with “recklessly or with criminal negligence causing the death” last month of her infant son, Jaxson Hopkins, according to the indictment.
She pleaded not guilty in her first court appearance Tuesday and is expected to be arraigned later this month.
Miranda Hopkins was released from Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset Tuesday evening on $5,000 bail, according to a jail official.
Hopkins was arrested at her home in Troy in January on murder charges.
Law enforcement and emergency medical services went to Hopkins’ mobile home Jan. 21 after Hopkins had called 911 to report that her son, who was born on Nov. 21, was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. The infant also was found to have a broken hip and shoulder, broken ribs, as well as extensive bruising. Hopkins said that Jaxson’s injuries might have been caused by one of her two other sons, both of whom are autistic, according to the Belfast District Court affidavit.