Woman accused of trying to set baby on fire rejects second deal

Woman accused of trying to set baby on fire rejects second plea deal

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Becky Eury (right) was uncooperative during her appearance before the judge. Becky Eury (right) was uncooperative during her appearance before the judge.

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A Sevier County woman accused of trying to set her child on fire in 2010 was back in court Wednesday.

Becky Eury rejected in May a plea deal on multiple charges, including aggravated child abuse and reckless endangerment.

Her public defender could not get her to sign a plea deal, so she was brought before a judge a day before her scheduled trial.

As she did the first time, Eury refused to accept the deal worked out with prosecutors. She refused to raise her right hand or state her name for the judge.

Eury was then declared ineligible for a plea deal because of her refusal to cooperate.

A trial is now expected to start Thursday.

Eury has been ruled competent to stand trial.

Investigators have suggested postpartum depression may have played a role in her strange behavior in 2010.

The charges she face stem from an incident on Mother's Day weekend. Investigators say Eury strapped her five-week-old baby into a car seat and set it on fire.

Emergency crews responded and found the child unharmed.

Eury's ex-husband, Ivan Eury, has said he supports the district attorney's decision to offer her a plea, because she would be required to give up parental rights of their children.

The child involved in the incident is now three years old. The couple also have a six year old child.

Eury has been in jail since her arrest three years ago.

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