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Maine woman pleads not guilty to murder charge

July 5, 2013

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A 24-year-old Maine woman pleaded not guilty on Friday to a murder charge in the death of her 2 ½-year-old daughter.

Leanna Norris of Auburn appeared in Penobscot County Superior Court in in Bangor after being indicted last week on a murder charge in the death of her daughter, Loh Grenda.

Norris will be held without bail pending her next hearing.

Grenda’s body was discovered around 3 a.m. June 23 in Norris’ car in Stetson, where she lived before moving to Auburn. Police believe the girl was killed in the neighboring town of Newport.

Norris was arrested following her release from a medical center where she was receiving treatment and was taken to Penobscot County Jail.

The girl’s death was declared to be a homicide, but autopsy results haven’t been released because the state medical examiner was awaiting the results of additional tests.

Bangor attorney Martha Harris told the Portland Press Herald on Friday (http://bit.ly/11mXNSX ) that Norris is “very upset.”

“I don’t think anybody likes being in custody and she’s never been in jail before,” Harris said. “And to go from a hospital setting into jail is very upsetting.”

Harris would not provide details about what Norris was being treated for in the medical center.

The judge in the case said that no police affidavit will be filed with the court. The indictment document filed with the court contains no additional details about the case.

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