Trial in child’s death to continue next year

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The court case surrounding the death of Laila Marie Daniel, which has garnered national attention in the past year, will likely move forward sometime in 2017.

Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum, indicted in September, pled not guilty November 22 in Henry County Superior Court. Both have been charged with malice murder, felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree and aggravated battery. If convicted on all counts they could face life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to district attorney Jim Wright.

“It will go on the trial calendar at some point,” Wright said a few hours after the defendants entered their pleas. “There will probably be some motions filed, maybe even today, that would have to be heard before trial.”

Wright, who leaves office and will retire as a prosecutor at the end of December, estimated that the trial would probably begin around the middle of next year. As of Nov. 22 there had been no request for a change of venue.

It was almost exactly one year ago - December 4, 2015 - that the Rosenbaums were arrested in connection with the death of Daniel, who was in their care when she died. The couple served as the child’s foster parents for a period of time. Both defendants are currently free on bond as the case moves forward.

According to various reports, the original arrest affidavit alleged that the child was starved and beaten over a five-month period until her November 17, 2015 death.