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Trial begins for Allentown woman accused of killing 15-month-old child

Essence James brutally beat the toddler last year, police say.

Essence James trial

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The trial is underway for an Allentown woman charged with killing her 15-month-old son.

Jury selection began today for Essence James.

Officials say James brutally beat and killed her son, Cordero, last year.

An autopsy showed the boy had numerous injuries to his head, neck and torso, along with broken ribs and a broken collar bone.

A judge previously denied a plea deal for James, saying the woman didn't take responsibility for the crime.

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