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.