A 38-year-old LaVerkin woman accused of killing her unborn child with methamphetamine has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
Dayna Pittman's defense attorney is working on a plea bargain with the prosecutor.Pittman, 38, was charged with child abuse homicide after an autopsy showed her baby, born dead on Jan. 17, died of a methamphetamine overdose.
On Thursday, she waived her right to a preliminary hearing in 5th District Court. In a preliminary hearing, a judge determines if there is enough evidence for a trial.
Pittman regrets what happened, said her attorney, Doug Terry.
"It's a very hard thing for her," he said. "In spite of everything that's been said, she feels very bad that this has happened."
Terry and Deputy Washington County Attorney Brent Langston both said they anticipate a plea agreement. The next hearing will be April 15.
Pittman has been released from Washington County Jail on $10,000 bail.
Although the child abuse homicide statute has been law since 1953, this is the first time a Utah mother has faced that charge.