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June 18, 2014

Trial date yet to be set for infant murder case

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A woman and her boyfriend facing murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter made separate appearances in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

But a trial date for the couple has yet to be set.

Trina Michelle White, 37, and her boyfriend, Mark Shane Hyden, 36, were slated to appear before Judge Paul Winchester Monday for the court to hear motions filed by their defense attorneys.

White’s case was called first. It was quickly learned before White ever entered the courtroom that requested lab reports had been received, but Hyden’s attorney, Cotha Hudson, said they still were waiting for DNA testing results.

Another pretrial date was then set for Aug. 4.

Another case was then heard before Hyden’s case was called forward. During his brief appearance, he was scheduled for a pretrial date of Aug. 4.

“Hopefully (we’ll be able to) set a trial date that day,” Winchester said.

The couple was indicted for the child’s murder in December.

Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said they were both arrested for the crime Nov. 25.

Bird said that on Nov. 20, White contacted 911 dispatchers about her child being unresponsive.

Rescue crews took the toddler to the emergency room at Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, Tennessee — where the child was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m.

According to Bird, preliminary autopsy results were received from Frankfort.

“There were a lot of injuries — significant injuries,” Bird said. “The medical examiner’s report said the cause of death was blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.”

The chief explained the medical examiner’s report further.

“The M.E. conveyed that it was blunt force trauma to the head over a two-week period,” Bird said. “There were very recent trauma injuries and older trauma injuries.”

Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley confirmed the official cause of death was blunt force trauma, but he explained that analysis further.

“The cause of death is officially an acute cerebral edema due to a blunt force head injury with occlusions (blockages) of the mouth and nose,” Croley said.

According to the website for Web MD, an acute cerebral edema is a type of brain swelling.

Both were booked into the Whitley County Detention Center. However, Bird said that Hyden and White were transferred to other facilities for security reasons — the child’s father had been housed in the detention center.

They each remain jailed under $500,000 cash bonds.

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