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Trial for mother after children's hot-car deaths pushed back

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Samantha Harper, center, attends court on Tuesday. Samantha Harper, center, attends court on Tuesday.
SMYRNA, TN (WSMV) -

A Smyrna woman facing child abuse charges in connection with the deaths of her two young toddlers was in court Tuesday.

Samantha Harper's children were found dead inside a hot car during the summer of 2012.

Her trial was supposed to begin Feb. 10, 2014, but her defense attorney said Tuesday he wants more time to work on Harper's case.

Attorney Glenn Funk told the judge his team needs more time to do additional research using an expert.

District Attorney Laurel Hemenway was agreeable with the request, and a status hearing was set for April 23, 2014.

"Once he gets an expert, we'll be able to get an expert to respond to whatever his expert comes up with," Hemenway said.

Harper remains out of jail on bond as she awaits trial, but she was present for Tuesday's hearing.

A motion hearing for expert proof in the case was set for mid-June 2014, meaning a trial likely will not happen until then at the earliest.

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