Trial of Heartland mom accused of starving infant delayed again

Angel Poole, 24, was set to face trial on Feb. 27 for one count Child Endangerment causing Death. (Van Buren County Sheriff's Office)

The trial of a Birmingham, Iowa, woman accused of starving her son to death has been pushed back.

Angel Poole, 24, was set to face trial on Feb. 27 for one count of Child Endangerment causing Death.

At the request of the defense, that trial date has been pushed back until April 24.

Online court records show that the defense told the court that more time was needed to find an expert witness in neonatal nursing.

The case against Poole centers on the question of why her infant son lost weight in the first weeks of his life, and what Poole did or didn't do to prevent that weight loss.

Previous court documents show that Poole's son, Judah Wessels, weighed seven pounds when he was born in May 2016.

Prosecutors allege he weighed just five pounds and was severely malnourished when he died two months later.

Poole is currently free on bond.

If she is convicted as charged, Poole would face a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

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