ORLANDO, Fla. - The attorneys for a woman accused of leaving a child in a hot car in front of an Orlando daycare have asked for contiunance.
Investigators said Mariah Butler left 4-year-old Logan Starling in a hot van for more than six hours in front of Elite Prep Academy where she also worked. The child died.
Butler was originally charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and child neglect. But in a plea bargain, prosecutors offered her five years of probation in exchange for a guilty plea to the lesser charge of child neglect.
Butler pleaded guilty to the child neglect charge during a court hearing in September. The judge accepted the plea to the lesser charge, but did not accept the sentence prosecutors offered, saying probation was not enough. Instead, the judge offered Butler another sentence in private, but the details were not released.
In a pretrial hearing, Butler's defense attorney asked for a continuance. The judge officially set the pretrial for January 7, with the trial on January 21.