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.