published Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Trial date set for Traci Carpenter in death of 18-month-old daughter

Traci Carpenter listens during a 2011 hearing in Criminal Court.
Traci Carpenter listens during a 2011 hearing in Criminal Court.
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A criminal court judge set Feb. 4, 2014, as the trial date for a local mother charged in connection with her daughter's 2006 death.

Traci Carpenter, 26, faces a trial on aggravated child neglect in connection with her 18-month-old daughter Sierra Carpenter's death that year.

Both she and her then-boyfriend were charged with allegations of ongoing abuse and neglect that prosecutors say led to the girl's death. The boyfriend, Brian Rutherford, was acquitted in a 2008 trial.

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about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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