- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A judge has dismissed murder charges against a central Illinois woman accused of failing to take her critically ill child to a doctor after he was repeatedly beaten by her former boyfriend.

The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports (https://bit.ly/1OECwKQ ) Judge Robert Freitag on Friday dropped the murder charges after he concluded the state had violated the speedy trial rights of Danielle Fischer. But Freitag kept in place child endangerment charges.

The decision follows a delay Monday in the trial of Fischer in the March 2013 death of 3-year-old Robbie Cramer. At that time, her lawyer, Jane Foster, claimed the 160-day deadline for bringing a person who is not in custody to trial after he or she demands a trial was exceeded by 74 days.

Fischer’s then-boyfriend, Nicholas Compton, was convicted of murder last year for causing the internal injuries that lead to the boy’s death.

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