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Hearing set for Turlock mother accused of murder
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Brandy Lee Rose Devine

A preliminary hearing for the Turlock woman accused of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter has been set for March 1 in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

The preliminary hearing for Brandy Lee Rose Devine is to determine if there is enough cause to hold her over for trial for the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Stephanie Torres.

Devine is facing charges of murder, a felony willful cruelty to a child causing injury and/or death and a misdemeanor charge of using a controlled substance. She has entered a not guilty plea and is being represented by a public defender.

Devine has been held in custody since July 18, when Turlock police officers were dispatched to her home in the 1100 block of N. Denair Avenue after emergency personnel found the young girl non-responsive.

When law enforcement arrived they found the 2-year-old girl deceased, said police spokesman Officer Mayra Lewis.

Devine was later interviewed by investigators and was subsequently arrested for crimes related to the death of the child, Lewis said. There have not been any details released about the cause of death.

According to a neighbor, Stephanie was a special needs child. Devine’s three other children were taken into protective custody at the time of her arrest.

Devine is being held at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center in lieu of a $1 million bail. She has a pretrial hearing set for Oct. 12 to verify that the case is on track for the preliminary hearing.