Mother of 'Baby Grace' goes on trial

November 3, 2008 8:48:30 AM PST
Jury selection will begin today in the murder trial of a little girl once known as 'Baby Grace'.It was around this time last year when a fisherman found the body of the 3-year-old in Galveston Bay. She had been stuffed in a plastic storage bin.

Prosecutors say she died at the hands of her step-father, Royce Ziegler. They claim the child's mother, Kimberly Trenor, not only watched it happen, but helped to cover it up.

The trial against Trenor began this morning. Eyewitness News was the first to track down Trenor before police arrested her. She was pregnant at the time and told us that state officials in Ohio, where Riley was born, came and took the toddler.

Investigators later revealed findings which indicated Ziegler had abused the child and killed her in a fit of rage. Shortly after Riley's body was found, a nationwide search to identify her was launched, leading investigators to Trenor and Ziegler.

Both Trenor and Ziegler are charged with capital murder. However, the district attorney in Galveston is not seeking the death penalty in the case.

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