Update: Clay County mother accused of killing newborn appeared in court Monday

Amber Bowling, who is charged with killing her newborn, was back in court Monday afternoon to decide whether she is competent to stand trial. // Phil Pendleton
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MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 1/6/2020
Amber Bowling appeared in court Monday.

Lawyers for Bowling wanted to reduce her bond.

A judge denied that motion. Her trial date is set for May.

Original Story
A Clay County woman charged with killing her newborn was back in court Monday afternoon to decide whether she is competent to stand trial.

21-year-old Amber Bowling was indicted on murder charges in December after police said she gave birth and then threw her newborn son over a banister into a garbage dumpster.

Her family gave the baby the name Jacob after his death. Her uncle told us, after a court hearing earlier this year, that her actions were completely out of character.

Monday, in circuit court, a judge declared Bowling competent to stand trial. Since her arrest, she has remained in jail without any bond. A jury trial is scheduled for May 19, 2020.



 
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