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Woman pleads not guilty in death of 3-year-old boy

FILE - This January 2016, file photo provided by Blacksburg Police Department shows Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers, who was arrested in connection with the death of Nicole Lovell. Prosecutors may reveal more details Friday, May 20, 2016, during a hearing in the case against Keepers and David Eisenhauer accused of plotting to kidnap and murder Lovell, who authorities say climbed out a window to rendezvous with them last January. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP, File)

FILE – This  file photo provided by the Police Department shows  Natalie Keepers, who was arrested in connection with the death of Nicole Lovell. Prosecutors may reveal more details during a hearing in the case against Keepers and David Eisenhauer accused of plotting to kidnap and murder Lovell, who authorities say climbed out a window to rendezvous with them last January. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Henrico County woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of a 3-year-old boy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1t4nu9S) 33-year-old Alexis Raiford entered a plea on Monday of not guilty to several charges including murder and child abuse and neglect in the April 2015 death of Zyon Thompson.

Prosecutors say the child died of dehydration after being subjected to extreme abuse, including being forced to eat crab seasoning.

Raiford is one of three defendants charged in the child’s death. Her husband Clarence Raiford Jr. and William Corey Moore were convicted in December of felony murder and child abuse charges. Their sentencings are pending.

Zyon was in the Raifords’ care at the time of his death.

Opening statements in Alexis Raiford’s trial are expected to begin Tuesday.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

 

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