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Nicole Aurlieua Zimmerman was convicted last fall on charges of murder and child neglect.

Sentencing has been delayed for Nicole Aurlieua Zimmerman, the Roanoke woman convicted last year in the death of her infant son.

After a three-day bench trial in October, Zimmerman, 26, was found guilty by a judge of felony homicide, child abuse and cruelty to children. She was due to be sentenced Tuesday in Roanoke Circuit Court, where she faces the possibility of between 8 and 55 years in prison.

At Tuesday’s hearing, however, defense attorney Lance Hale filed a motion for a continuance, citing ongoing psychiatric evaluations. Although the correspondence is not open to the public, Judge Chris Clemens said a letter from a doctor regarding Zimmerman’s testing prompted him to grant the motion to delay.

Zimmerman is now scheduled to be sentenced April 5.

In July 2016, Zimmerman’s 6-month old son, Joshua, was hospitalized after a medical emergency and doctors discovered that the 12-pound boy was suffering from a bilateral subdural hemorrhage, a severe brain bleed, and retinal hemorrhages in both eyes.

The boy remained hospitalized but died less than a month later.

Although Zimmerman has denied knowing how Joshua was injured, a medical examiner testified during her trial that the child died from blunt force that likely came from being shaken, because he did not have external injuries.

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