Trial date set for mom accused of killing autistic daughter

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SARASOTA COUNTY - A trial date has been set for the Sarasota County couple accused of abusing an autistic child to death.

36-year-old Misty Stoddard is charged with First Degree Murder in the death of 11-year Melissa Stoddard.

The prosecution contends Stoddard and her husband Kenneth tied Melissa to a board and taped her mouth shut. The child died from lack of oxygen to the brain last December.

The trial will begin on February 3rd, 2014.