TWENTYNINE PALMS — A Twentynine Palms woman is facing a murder charge in the death of her 3-month-old baby.
Judge Rodney Cortez entered pleas of not guilty Monday for 27-year-old Kaylee Dawn Ledford, who is charged with murder and assault on a child causing death.
According to Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jodi Miller, Ledford called for emergency help for her baby, who was unresponsive, on Sept. 1, 2015. The baby was taken to the Naval hospital on the Marine base, where Ledford’s husband serves, and then flown to Loma Linda.
He died Sept. 4, at 3 months, 11 days old, Miller said.
Detectives in the Crimes Against Children unit began an investigation into the infant’s death, but the full autopsy report was just released in the last two weeks, Miller said.
“It was determined the baby was the victim of homicide, which then led to the arrest of Kaylee Ledford,” she said.
Homicide detectives arrested Ledford at 5:45 p.m. July 28 at 3400 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, according to online inmate records.
At her first court appearance Monday afternoon, the judge set bail at $1 million and ordered the public defender’s office to represent Ledford when she returns for a hearing Aug. 10.
Ledford is also on probation for driving on a suspended license; she pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge in March 2013 and another in March 2014. In exchange for her 2013 guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of failing to properly restrain a child in her vehicle.