Jillian Godfrey of Corona pleaded not guilty Monday, April 15 to a charge of child cruelty against her 8-year-old son, Noah McIntosh, whom authorities have declared missing and believe is dead.
Her next court date is May 17. Her not-guilty plea was entered by defense attorney Peter Morreale.
She answered “yes” twice to questions from Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno regarding the timing of a future preliminary hearing, in which the evidence is reviewed to see if it merits trial. No date for that hearing has been set.
Noah’s father, Bryce McIntosh, has been charged with the boy’s torture-murder and also child cruelty in the case. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges. He is due in court Tuesday, April 16.
Godfrey, 36, is not charged in the slaying. She is in custody in lieu of posting bond on $500,000 bail.
Noah was declared missing by Corona police in mid-March. He has not been found, and authorities have said he is now presumed dead, based on evidence they have gathered.
McIntosh, 32, was charged March 28 with the slaying of Noah, who would have turned 9 on March 31.
In mid-March Noah was declared missing by Corona police after they went to Bryce McIntosh’s apartment in the city and could not find him. The parents were charged with child cruelty as police began investigating.
Godfrey had contacted police March 12 and asked for a welfare check on Noah, saying she had last seen her son during a visit to McIntosh’s apartment earlier in the month, an arrest declaration for McIntosh says.
That same document says the mother recounted to authorities that she had heard Noah asking his father why he was hurting him after Bryce McIntosh took him into the apartment’s bathroom.
Source: Orange County Register