A Pottawatomie County judge is expected to preside over a preliminary hearing today for a Shawnee woman charged in the 2017 death of her toddler.

A Pottawatomie County judge is expected to preside over a preliminary hearing today for a Shawnee woman charged in the 2017 death of her toddler.

Court records show a hearing is scheduled for Whitney D. Breslin, 23, who is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse, or in the alternative, first-degree murder, permitting child abuse.

During a preliminary hearing, a judge hears evidence in a case to determine if there is enough evidence for a case to proceed to trial.

Breslin previously waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty, but the case was remanded back for the hearing, court records show.

Another defendant charged in the case, Cashe K. Graham, 24, reported to be Breslin's boyfriend, was also charged. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for court again in December.

Both are charged in the death of 2-year-old Jamie Murdock and have been jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center since their arrest in September 2017.

Both are accused in the first-degree murder count of acting conjointly with each in the death of a child, court records show, which resulted from the willful or malicious injuring, torturing, maiming or using of unreasonable force when causing blunt force trauma to the head and torso of the child, court filings read.

In the alternative, a charge of murder in the first degree, permitting child abuse, also was filed. In that count, they are accused of taking the life of a child by maliciously engaging in enabling child abuse by means of causing, procuring or permitting a willful or malicious act of child abuse and by authorizing or allowing for the care of Jamie by an individual when the person authorizing or allowing such care knew or should have known that the child would be placed at risk for abuse.

Both were arrested by Shawnee police on Sept. 5, 2017.