Authorities had originally said Jennifer Rosenbaum killed Laila Marie Daniel by striking the girl in the abdomen with such force that the child's pancreas was split. Laila went into shock because of blood loss resulting from the injury, according to the autopsy.
The charges against Joseph Rosenbaum were upgraded in September from child cruelty to murder. District Attorney James Wright said that occurred after the autopsy on the child revealed a history of injuries going back more than a month before her death.
Mull, the Rosenbaums' attorney, has said Laila's death was likely a tragic accident. Mull said the girl died after Jennifer Rosenbaum performed the Heimlich maneuver and CPR when the child was choking on some chicken. Mull said the force of the compressions may have injured the child.
As for Joseph Rosenbaum, Mull said, "He had nothing to do with anything."
The family of Laila welcomed the forward movement in the case, having waited a year for the legal process to proceed.
Peggy Banks, Laila’s great-grandmother, said she expects the trial may not occur until 2018.
“They talk about justice being swift, but it seems to be anything but at times,” she said.
She added she is hoping for “justice for Laila.”