The case of a Seymour woman who was accused of drowning one of her children in May and attempting to drown a second won’t proceed to trial.

Bethanie Carriker has waived her preliminary hearing and grand jury review, Assistant Attorney General Ryan Desmond said.

The case was forwarded to the Circuit Court and Carriker is expected to plead at 9 a.m. Monday in front of Judge David R. Duggan.

Carriker had been scheduled for a contested preliminary hearing Tuesday and would have required the state to show evidence she was connected to her 15-month-old daughter’s death and the near-drowning of her newborn daughter.

The Blount County District Attorney’s office requested in June that the hearing be moved back because final autopsy and toxicological results for the older child, who died on May 7, weren’t available yet.

The tests were conducted by a laboratory out of state, which contributed to the delay.

The office also had been waiting for toxicology results for Carriker and her newborn daughter, who survived the incident.

Those results were processed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at its state lab.

Plea details haven’t been announced, but Desmond said both charges of aggravated child abuse by neglect or endangerment were bound over as originally charged.

Carriker remains in the Blount County jail on a $1 million bond.

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