BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lawyers spent most of Monday afternoon trying to find a jury that will decide if a mother paid a big enough part in her own daughter's death to warrant a murder charge. At the end of the day, only about half of the jurors were selected.
Ashley Heard, of Baton Rouge, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in connection with the 2013 death of her 11-month-old daughter, Aaliyah.
In court, lawyers for both sides questioned potential jurors on their feelings surround the case. Prosecutors wanted to know if jurors could find someone guilty even if they only played a part in a crime and did not actually physically commit the crime.
The baby's father, Larry LeFlore, 27, was also arrested and faces a charge of first-degree murder.
Investigators say the father beat the child after she wouldn't eat. Police records show that a 6-year-old sibling told investigators that LeFlore beat the child and then put her to bed.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the child was found with cigarette burns, bruises and cuts on her body. Investigators said she was unresponsive when she arrived at the hospital.
Authorities said the cause of death was a severe blow to the head.
Heard's trial is expected to continue Tuesday and last most of the week.
The father's trial has not been scheduled.