Judge allows DNA testing in manslaughter case

Feb 07, 2020
Source: Centralmaine.com staff file photo by David Leaming Miranda Hopkins, convicted of manslaughter in the 2017 death of her 7-week-old infant.

Belfast — A judge granted a DNA test request from a Troy mother for the death of her infant son Thursday in Waldo Unified Court.

Miranda Hopkins was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury in connection with the death of her 7-week-old son, Jaxson, in 2017 and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Hopkins contends she did not know what had happened and that her son was killed by one of his two autistic older brothers, a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old, who were sleeping at the house that night.

According to a WABI report, the father's attorney argued that even if the tests come back positive on at least one of the boys, it would not prove anything, since "their DNA would have been everywhere."

Hopkins' attorney, Logan Perkins, said it was negligent of the prosecutors not to use the evidence as a way to rule out other possible suspects. "We're happy to move forward in this process. We understand that the judge had to do a balancing act today, and we think he did the right balancing of the various interests in this case."

Lawyers agreed that DNA tests on the boys would take place next week.


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