LANSING, MI (WLNS)- Cari Ann Wright, 43, stood in court Thursday accused of the death of her daughter.
According to the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, on November 17, 2015, deputies went to Wright’s home in Onondaga, for a death investigation.
An Ingham County health examiner told 6 News even though 16-year-old Hannah Warner’s body was found November 17th she likely had died the day before.
According to examiners, Warner died of malnutrition and other complications of neglect.
Her mother is facing charges of murder, torture, and child abuse in the first degree.
“The volume is such that, we need more time” defense attorney Brian Laxton said.
In court, Wright’s attorney said he needs to review information from the prosecutor’s office.
The prosecuting attorney in the case Ingham County Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Dewane explained what those items are.
“Hard copies of discs, video interviews, photos, things of that nature, have to be picked-up physically by the defense attorney” Dewane said.
Michigan’s Department of Human Health and Services won’t release whether they made a visit to the home prior to the girl’s death.
But according to DHHS spokesperson Bob Wheaton, neglect is allowing a child to live in an unsafe space and abuse is intentionally causing harm.
If found guilty, Wright could face up to life in prison.
The next court date is set for March 29th.
According to DHHS they cannot investigate a home unless someone files a complaint first.
In 2015, 74 children in Michigan died of child abuse/neglect, according to the Department’s Children’s Protective Services. In 2014, 92 children died.
If you are someone you know, suspects child neglect or abuse call 855-444-3911
If you want more information check out the DHHS website:http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547-352302–,00.html