Mother of Baby Crystal faces new murder charges - – Rockford’s News Leader

Mother of Baby Crystal faces new murder charges

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(right) Katie Stockton walks into courtroom. (right) Katie Stockton walks into courtroom.
Baby Crystal carried out of funeral home in casket. Baby Crystal carried out of funeral home in casket.
Judge John Truitt Judge John Truitt

A woman accused of leaving her infant to die on a Winnebago County road eight years ago faces new charges. At Katie Stockton's Tuesday morning hearing a judge announced a superceding bill of indictment had been handed down against her.

Stockton had been facing 10 charges of first degree murder for allegedly leaving an infant, named Crystal by investigators, outside to die in December 2004. She sat quietly in court when the judge announced she will now face 12 counts. The new charges ask for an extended sentence along with natural life in prison because of the exceptionally brutal or heinous nature of the murder. Judge John Truitt says Stockton will be arraigned next month on the new charges and there will be a hearing on moving forward with a trial.

"On October 4th at 1:30 for arraignment. A decision on experts and if there will be experts called. A time in which to disclose reports and so on and anything else we can take up that day," said Judge Truitt.

Stockton had pleaded not guilty to the previous charges against her. She has been in jail since 2009.

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