(AP) - A woman charged with neglect in the drowning death of her 3-year-old
daughter has pleaded not guilty during her first appearance in a Porter
A police dog found
Tamira Billingslea in a pond Monday night after authorities in Valparaiso
responded to a call about a missing girl.
pleaded not guilty Thursday and said she’s hiring a lawyer.
Police say the
32-year-old Perkins gave conflicting statements about Tamira’s
disappearance. Investigators say the girl may have been missing for much
longer than just a few minutes as Perkins initially claimed.
A neighbor told
police that she loudly urged Perkins to call police to help in the search