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.