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Woman enters insanity plea in daughter's death

12:44 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
Jennifer Bigham
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PATTERSON, Calif. (AP) - A woman accused of drowning her daughter in a bathtub has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. 

Jennifer Lynn Bigham has been in Stanislaus County Jail since January 2010, when her 3-year-old daughter Alexandrea was found underwater in a bathtub at a home in Patterson.

The 25-year-old mother appeared in court on Wednesday. The Modesto Bee reports that Judge Thomas Zeff ordered her to return to court on Oct. 3, when he expects to receive a report from doctors about whether Bigham still suffers from mental illness.

The girl was found in the bathtub on Jan. 14, 2010 after a family member and neighbor called law enforcement to report a commotion. Attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.

Authorities say the mother had superficial, self-inflicted stab wounds to her upper body.

The Associated Press

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