FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The mother of a fatally abused toddler is heading to court in Frederick in a case that inspired child welfare reform legislation.
Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Ramirez Williams maintains she had nothing to do with 21-month-old Anayah Williams' death last year. She's charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in serious injury for allegedly failing to stop her husband from beating the girl. A hearing is set for Tuesday.
Anayah died weeks after a judge returned her from foster care despite a history of abuse in the home.
Gov. Larry Hogan says he will sign a bill nicknamed Anayah's Law. It would create more exceptions to a federal law that generally requires states to try to reunite families.
Father Frankie Williams is seeking to be found not criminally responsible for Anayah's death.