The trial for a Peoria couple accused of allowing their 5-month-old son to starve to death has been pushed back from November to January.
Attorney William Loeffel, who represents James Sargent, sought the continuance. He said a mental-health evaluation for Sargent has not been completed, adding the report is already more than 500 pages long.
Sargent, 23, and Tracy Hermann, 21, both of 3012 W. Proctor St., were charged in February with first-degree murder in the death of Benjamin Sargent.
The child died after going without food or water for eight days in February. He was found in his car seat, wearing the snowsuit he had on when he was dropped off at the house.
The couple's trial originally was set for Aug. 4 and was rescheduled for Nov. 17.
On Thursday, Peoria County Circuit Judge James Shadid rescheduled the trial for Jan. 12. A scheduling hearing was set for Jan. 2.
In June, Peoria County State's Attorney Kevin Lyons opted not to seek the death penalty for the two. He cited mental-health issues and said the parents appear to be blaming each other for the infant's death, which would require the prosecutor to cut a deal with one to use testimony against the other.
If convicted, both Hermann and Sargent face up to 100
years in prison.