Arraignment date set for woman accused in infant death |

Arraignment date set for woman accused in infant death

B.H. Bose

A South Lake Tahoe woman accused of murdering her new born baby will be arraigned July 2.

Maria Liddell, 21, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday, clearing the way for the arraignment and a trial.

When asked by the judge if he agreed not having a preliminary hearing was in the best interest to his client, public defender Rick Meyer said yes. However, when he was asked later as to why he opted to waive the right, he declined to comment.

Liddell was arrested by South Lake Tahoe Police detectives on Feb. 13 after the decomposed body of an infant was discovered in the trunk of her car. A tow truck driver, who towed away Liddell’s Volkswagen Bug because it was in violation of the city’s snow removal ordinances, reportedly checked the trunk after he detected a foul odor.

After being released from Barton Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries resulting from an apparent suicide attempt, Liddell was arrested.

During questioning, Detective Martin Hewlett, said Liddell admitted to giving birth to the baby in 1996 in Concord, Calif. After which, she wrapped the baby in blankets and placed it in her car. She returned later, he said, to find the child dead and placed it in the trunk. The body remained there until the tow truck driver discovered it in February 1998.

Liddell has remained in custody since the arrest and is being held without the possibility of bail.

At the time of her arrest, Liddell was working at Heavenly Ski Resort. She moved to South Lake Tahoe in the winter of 1996.

The arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. At that time, lawyers on both sides will file motions and a trial date will be set.

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