Andrea Bradley in court Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama)
Glenara Bates. (Provided photo)
Andrea Bradley (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Glen Bates (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The mother of a toddler who died after prosecutors say she was tortured rejected a plea deal Wednesday that would have avoided the death penalty.
Now Andrea Bradley returns to a Hamilton County courtroom June 8.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Tuesday the deal was offered to Bradley and Glen Bates in the death of 2-year-old Glenara Bates if they pleaded guilty and agreed to spend the rest of their lives in prison. The deals were made at the request of the defense, he said.
Glenara Bates died in March of 2015 after police said she was abused, starved and tortured.
Bradley and the toddler's father, Glen Bates, are both charged with aggravated murder.
It's not clear yet if Glen Bates will take the deal. He is scheduled to also go to court June 8.
If they don't, Deters said, they could get the death penalty.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman briefly paused proceedings Wednesday to scold one of Andrea Bradley's relatives - her sister - when the woman loudly clapped in support of her sister rejecting the plea.
The case led to two Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services case workers' resignations and a wrongful death suit against the county because Glenara was returned to the home after being removed.
FOX19 NOW will continue to update this developing story.