- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The trial is continuing for a Maine woman accused of giving sleeping medication to her 2½-year-old daughter before smothering her.

Leanna Norris is using an insanity defense in her trial, which got underway on Monday. A judge in Bangor is hearing the case without a jury.

State prosecutors told the judge Norris knew what she was doing. But the defense says Norris suffered from mental illness and thought she needed to die and couldn’t leave her daughter behind.

The body of her daughter, Loh Melody Grenda, was discovered in June 2013 in a car in Stetson.

A police affidavit indicates Norris told police she gave her daughter several syringes of Benadryl to help her sleep, then covered her mouth with duct tape and her hand.

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