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February 4, 2013

Trial nearing in child abuse case

GREENVILLE — Trial is scheduled next week for one of two south Hunt County residents indicted in connection with a reported child abuse case from December 2011.

A pretrial hearing is set Wednesday in the 196th District Court for Trevor Scott Copeland of Quinlan. Jury selection is currently scheduled for  Monday, February 11. Copeland has pleaded not guilty.

The second defendant charged in the case, Erin Elizabeth Saari of West Tawakoni, has also pleaded not guilty, but does not currently have a trial date set in the case..

Saari, 23, and Copeland, 24, each received one indictment from the Hunt County grand jury for injury to a child by an act.

Saari and Copeland were arrested on Dec. 14, 2011 and remain in custody at the Hunt County Jail. Saari and Copeland were charged in what authorities claimed was an assault on Saari’s 2 year-old daughter.

The indictment alleged the pair injured the child by “punching, kicking, hitting with blunt force trauma and/or strangling with hands, fists, ground, and/or an object unknown to the grand jury.”

The child was reported to have recovered from the injuries.

The injury to a child charge is a first-degree felony, punishable by a maximum sentence upon conviction of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

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