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UPDATE: Trial Date Set for Mother of Pulaski Co. Baby Found Dead

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UPDATE: A judge has set a trial date for the Pulaski County woman charged with child neglect in the death of her 5-month old son.

32 year old Samantha Warden was arrested in February after the boy's body was found in Draper.
The child's father, 32 year old Howard Cole is charged with capital murder and illegal disposal of a body.
The Roanoke Times reports that two investigators testified at a preliminary hearing in May that Warden told police she watched Cole abuse the child in January.
She also told police she left the boy with Cole the next day.
Warden's trial is set to begin in January.

UPDATE: A grand jury has indicted the mother of the baby found dead in Pulaski County earlier this year.

Samantha Warden was indicted Monday on felony child neglect causing serious harm or injury.
Her trial date will be set July 25th.

In January, police found 5-month-old Cory Cole's body in a wooded area in Draper.
His father, Howard Cole, is facing multiple charges connected to the baby's death including capital murder.

Warden was arrested in February as part of the murder investigation.

While Warden is not charged in connection with her son's death, the Commonwealth contends Warden violated a protective custody order by placing the boy in his father's care prior to being murdered.

Campbell Co., Va - The mother of 5 month old Cory Cole, who was found dead two weeks ago in Pulaski County, was arrested in Campbell County Wednesday charged with neglecting Cole.

Warden was arrested at the home of Jonathan Craft, an advocate against child abuse, whose daughter, Vera Lee, was murdered in 2012.

Ever since the death of his daughter, Vera Lee, Jonathan Craft has been working to highlight the evil of child abuse.

That included reaching out to Samantha Warden in her time of darkness.

"I want everybody else to know that it's really out there. I want people to know that it's gotta stop," said Craft.

Part of his plan was to help Warden with ideas on how to raise money that would go to pay for Cory's tombstone... an obstacle Craft himself faced.

But shortly after picking Warden up in Pulaski to bring her to his Campbell County home... things just weren't adding up.

"My intentions were just to help her and as the stories were changing that's when I felt like I had to do something. I had to say something," said Craft.

Noticing the amount of luggage Warden brought Craft became concerned she was about to leave the state.

So he called Pulaski investigators - who that same afternoon had filed the neglect charge against Warden.

Around 8:30 deputies from Campbell County showed up and took Samantha Warden away in handcuffs.

"Any innocent person when you get arrested you are going to have some type of shock. And she did not show any emotion at all," said Craft.

The whole situation has left Craft feeling used but it isn't something that will deter his mission.

"It has not set me off track at all. I've still got the same mission to help children," said Craft.

Samantha Warden, whose legal name is Samantha Taylor, is still being held in the Campbell County Jail waiting to be taken back to Pulaski.

Authorities there suspect that will take at least a few days because of issues related to the weather.


Pulaski Co., VA - There are new developments in the murder investigation of 5-month-old Cory Cole.

The baby's body was found two weeks ago in Pulaski County.

Just a couple of hours ago, Samantha Warden, the baby's mother, was arrested at a Campbell County home for a warrant out of Pulaski County.

Pulaski Police say Warden is charged with class four felony child neglect.

There is not much more information coming from police tonight.

Officials say more information is coming Thursday.

The baby's father, Howard Cole, is a suspect in the baby's death.

Howard Cole was arrested shortly after baby Cory disappeared and charged with child abuse.

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