Tina & Phillip's Arraignment Hearing...NOT Guilty!?
Sheriff's deputies arrested Tina Richards and Phillip Waller back in January after investigators said Richards tied baby Aiden's onesie to a sheet and beat him. Police say Waller knew about the abuse and didn't report it.
Today was their superior court arraignment, it's the part of the court process when the accused plead guilty or not guilty. Around 9:30 this morning, Richards and Waller entered the courtroom. They were handcuffed and shackled.
This was the first time Richards and Waller have been in the same room together since there were arrested. They did not look at each other at all. The attorney's representing them told the judge Richards and Waller were pleading "not guilty".
The arraignment lasted about two minutes. Deputies took Waller back to jail and Richards back to prison in Atlanta. Richards is serving a 21-year sentence for abusing baby Aiden the first time last July. They'll be back in court May 13 for a plea hearing. That's a hearing when the district attorney can present them with a plea offer or the parties could decide to go ahead with a trial by jury.
Two weeks ago the judge ruled that Aiden Waller and his newborn brother will remain in the state's care while the Department of Family and Children Services decided the best place for them to live. His grandparents on his mother's side want custody. It could take up to a year for the court to decide where the baby brothers will go.
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