COVINGTON, Ga. - Jennifer Michelle Bellah, the mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, was arraigned Wednesday morning in Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.'s courtroom.
The mother faces six charges associated with the incident including, malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault - family violence, first-degree cruelty to children and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Bellah, who is represented by Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Public Defender Anthony Carter, pled not guilty on those charges.
Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney Layla Zon and Assistant District Attorney Amber Bennett will represent the state.
The Covington News was in the courtroom to provide full video coverage of the proceedings, per an approved order by Judge Wynn.
According to a prior news release from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Bellah is charged with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Natalya Bellah, after an incident at the 65 Brown Thrasher Run home in Oxford in August.
"The arraignment has been delayed in large part because Mrs. Zon and I have been working through some mental health issues in regards to Ms. Bellah," Carter told the court. "We are still working on those issues, both of us have a report at this time and there are still some issues that we still will be working on and we will let the court know about that.
"The delay has not been any part ... it has not been anybody's fault other than we were trying to get these issues together before arraignment."