Jennifer Ewing, charged with a single felony count of child endangerment stemming from her son dying in a blaze that consumed their manufactured home, appeared in court Monday morning to push back her trial.
Ewing’s attorney, Michael Atwell, told El Dorado County Judge Daniel B. Proud that he had spoken with deputy district attorney Lisette Suder, and both had agreed that neither were ready for trial. Jamie Verwayen, standing in for Suder, confirmed this.
A new trial date of Oct. 16 was then given by Proud, with a readiness and settlement conference set for Aug. 17.
Afterward, Atwell requested that Ewing be allowed to go to Washington to visit family sometime between Aug. 6 and 10, for “a day or so up, a day or so back,” he said. However, Verwayen had issue with this, and after a short conference with the judge at the bench, Atwell withdrew the request.
Prosecutors claim that of Ewing, 27, locked her son in his bedroom the night of the fire, trapping him inside the house as it burned. Ewing stated in a Grand Jury testimony that she would lock Sebastian in his room when he misbehaved, but never in the evenings.
According to an autopsy report, her son, Sebastian, died of smoke inhalation and fire-related injuries. In pre-trial documents, Ewing claimed that she had been asleep when the fire started and, due to the intensity of the fire, was unable to rescue her son, leading to his death.
Sebastian set the fire with a lighter hidden in his room, a Grand Jury transcript suggests. He had been punished for setting fire to furniture earlier in the day.
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