- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - A 78-year-old Moline home day care owner has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges in connection with her 4-month-old grandson’s death.

Rock Island County Associate Judge Thomas Berglund ruled Tuesday that there was enough evidence for the case against Beverly J. James to go forward. Sheriff’s investigator Jessie Montez testified police believe another child younger than 5 who James was watching fatally injured the baby.

Authorities say the boy won’t face charges because of his age.

James was arrested July 21, nearly five months after her grandson Darien James Watkins died after he was found unresponsive in her home. An autopsy cited blunt force trauma to his head, chest and abdomen.

James remains free after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond. A trial is scheduled for Oct. 19.


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