ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown woman accused of beating her infant son to death is heading to trial after a judge refused to accept her plea.
Essence James, 35, is charged with homicide for the death of her son, 15-month-old Cordero James.
Police arrested James last April after the baby died in a home at 718 15th Street.
Officials say she tried to enter a plea Monday but officials said the judge rejected the plea because James would not admit guilt.
Officials say the baby's father --Michael James -- was arrested for child endangerment after he admitted being high on marijuana while he was supposed to be watching the child.
Essence James' trial date is scheduled for March 24.
Allentown, PA 18102