District Attorney files special circumstance allegations of torture, molestation
The Kern County District Attorney's Office has filed two allegations of special circumstances that could make Eric Foster eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted of the murder of Trinity Monique Hanna.
One of the allegations charges that the 3-year-old girl was molested before her death.
Those allegations were filed in Bakersfield the same day that Trinity's mother, Angela Monique Hanna, was arrested on second degree murder charges in connection with the case.
Foster, 26, is already charged with first degree murder, torture and willful cruelty to a child.?The special circumstance allegations charge the murder was committed during torture and the murder occurred during the commission of child molestation.
The molestation allegation is based on the autopsy results, said Deputy District Attorney Andrea Kohler.
“We filed that special circumstance allegation based on the coroner's report and looking at the injuries,” Kohler said Tuesday afternoon.
Kohler said not decision has been made on whether or not prosecutors will seek the death penalty or not.
Foster's preliminary hearing has been delayed for six weeks.
It is now set for June 21.
He is being held without bail and has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Trinity was pronounced dead on the night of Jan. 25 after her mother drove her to Bakersfield seeking medical treatment. Foster was arrested the next morning.
Angela Hanna was not charged until today.