OGDEN -- The woman who was accused of giving her 4-year-old daughter alcohol to the point that she was hospitalized made her first appearance in court after a lengthy investigation.
Raquel Grilho Borce, 32, was charged with second-degree felony child abuse, inflicting serious physical injury intentionally. She appeared in 2nd District Court in Ogden on Wednesday, where her defense attorney requested a preliminary hearing.
"We are adamant that she is innocent," Borce's defense attorney Paul Remy said.
Remy would not comment further on any facts of the case.
On April 11, 2013, 4-year-old Le'A Silva was found by paramedics in her mother's Marriot-Slaterville apartment drunk and unresponsive. After it was determined that she had dangerous levels of alcohol in her blood, she was transported to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
The Weber County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation and collected enough evidence to charge Borce later that year.
Le'A has advanced cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair to be mobile and a feeding tube to be fed. Le'A's father Paul Silva said there was no way his daughter could be capable of ingesting the alcohol herself; he is certain that it was Borce who did it.
Silva said his daughter is healthy and happy now, but it almost killed her that day and that requires justice.
The preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 25, where evidence will be presented to determine if the case will go to criminal trial.
Several members of Bikers Against Child Abuse were present at the courthouse to show support for Le'A and her family.
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