Woman accused of killing her baby gets continuance

Charis Patires

The trial of an Iberia woman accused of killing her infant son by setting his blanket on fire has been postponed to allow enough time to conduct a mental evaluation.

Christina L. White, 25, was originally set for trial in October. White’s public defender asked to postpone the trial in order to consult with a mental health professional.

The court granted the request and scheduled a review date in December.

White has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder, three counts of child endangerment and arson in connection with the burning and subsequent death of her son, Wayne E. Anderson Jr.

The seven-month old infant spent several weeks in the hospital until his death July 31, 2007.

White told authorities she set the baby on fire due due to “extreme stress,” according to information in court documents.

Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard said if the case moves forward with a jury trial, it may not be heard until late next year.

The case was moved from Miller to Laclede County on a change of venue.

Contact this reporter at charisp@lakesunleader.com.