January trial set for Pulaski mom charged with child neglect in death of 5-month-old son


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PULASKI, Virginia — A trial date has been set for a Pulaski County woman charged with child neglect in the death of her 5-month-old son.

Police arrested 30-year-old Samantha Warden in February, a couple of weeks after the boy's body was found in a rural area of Draper.

The child's father, 32-year-old Howard Cole, is charged with capital murder and illegal disposal of a body.

The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1lLcGIV ) says two investigators testified at a May preliminary hearing that Warden told police she watched Howard Cole abuse the child on Jan. 26. She also told police she left the boy with Cole the next day after she and Cole argued.

Her trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 8, 2015 in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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