LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The jury trial for a Toney woman accused of leaving her baby in a car overnight, killing him, has been scheduled for May, according to court records.
13-month-old Casen Case died in October 2019 after authorities said he had been left alone in a vehicle overnight, buckled into a front-facing car seat that wasn’t strapped in.
Investigators said Casen was in the vehicle while his mother, Elizabeth Case, traveled between Limestone and Madison Counties dumpster diving, saying she got home around 5:40 a.m., leaving him in the car while she went inside the house and went to bed.
Elizabeth Case didn’t wake up until around 1:30 p.m., authorities said, when Casen’s grandmother came to see him. Law enforcement said the grandmother woke the mother up by banging on the door when she couldn’t find her grandchild.
After a search, the two found the toddler inside the vehicle.
Investigators said that rather than seeking immediate medical help, Elizabeth Case took her child inside and placed him in the shower. The grandmother called 911, got into her vehicle with the baby and Case, and started driving toward the hospital.
Along the way, they met Athens Police at the intersection of Highway 251 and Highway 31.
At the time of the incident, authorities said Case is a known drug user and was out of jail on bond for a first-degree robbery.
Case was indicted for capital murder on Jan. 3, 2020. She pleaded not guilty and waived her arraignment on Feb. 25, 2020.
In 2021, Casen Case’s aunt filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Elizabeth Case and the Department of Human Resources over the toddler’s death.
The lawsuit alleges DHR failed to take appropriate action and left Casen with his mother, despite her being in and out of jail while she was pregnant. At the time of her arrest for Casen’s death, Elizabeth Case was out of jail on bond for a robbery charge.
Multiple reports had been made to DHR that Elizabeth Case was abusing and neglecting Casen, according to Birmingham attorney Tommy James, and DHR knew about Case’s drug use and criminal history, which includes DUI, theft, domestic violence and drug possession.
A jury trial is scheduled to begin on May 15, with a docket hearing set for May 5 at the Limestone County Courthouse.