A Leavenworth woman who is charged with second-degree murder in connection to her son’s death was in court Friday for a pretrial conference.

A Leavenworth woman who is charged with second-degree murder in connection to her son’s death was in court Friday for a pretrial conference.

Catherine M. Smith, 32, is charged with reckless second-degree murder in connection to the Nov. 29, 2018, death of her 19-month-old son.

Smith is not accused of intentionally killing the boy. But the death is alleged to have resulted from reckless behavior under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Smith is alleged to have left her son in a room where the temperature exceeded 90 degrees without checking on him for an extended period.

The case is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 21 in Leavenworth County District Court.

During Friday’s pretrial conference, District Judge Gibbens granted what is known as a motion in limine. The motion was filed by Smith’s attorney, Clinton Lee.

With the motion, Lee sought an order from the judge to preclude the prosecution and prosecution witnesses from introducing evidence or testimony about an incident that reportedly occurred Sept. 2, 2018, while Smith’s child was taking a bath.

According to the motion, the child became submerged under water and was taken to the emergency room for care and observation.

Lee argued in the written motion that the incident is not relevant to the crime for which his client is charged.

Deputy County Attorney Joan Lowdon said Friday that she had no objection to the defense motion.

“All right then, the motion in limine is granted,” Gibbens said.

When Gibbens asked about possible delays to the start of the trial, Lee noted he and the prosecutor are waiting on a transcript from a hearing in another court case that has connections to Smith’s criminal case. He said the transcript has not yet been completed.

Gibbens said the parties need to determine when the transcript will be available and how much time they will need to review it.

Smith is free on bond as she awaits trial.

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