• Woman accused of killing 3-year-old daughter denied bond


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A woman accused of killing her daughter did not show up in court Friday.

    Instead, Maryanne Schwartz's public defender appeared in her place on charges of child abuse and premeditated murder.

    "As to the first-degree homicide, the court finds probable cause and the court will set no bond," said the judge.

    The 22-year-old was arrested on Wednesday, and while in jail, homicide detectives said she made statements leading them to charge her with the murder of her toddler.

    "Were working to bolster the case," said Cpl. Dave Nutting of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

    Orange County detectives said Schwartz's story started to unravel from the start.

    Last Saturday, she claimed the 3-year-old was hit and killed by a car.

    However, officials said the medical examiner ruled that Yeliani Schwartz Ojeda died from blunt-force trauma to the head. The medical examiner then ruled her death a homicide.

    Outside the jail Friday, Schwartz's public defender, Bob Larr, would not offer any insight to the case or her mental health.

    "I'd love to give you information at this point. [But]I decline to," said Larr.

    Orange County sheriff's detectives said they were awaiting the results of physical and forensic evidence as they work to determine how the child was killed.

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