Defendant held to answer all on 5 counts, including torture, murder
Eric Foster was will go on trial on charges of murder, torture and child abuse in connection with the death of Trinity Monique Hanna.
Foster, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, was ordered to stand trial on all five counts filed against him after he was arrested on Jan. 26, 2012, the day after Trinity's mother drove her to a hospital in Bakersfield where she was pronounced dead.
An autopsy showed she has suffered severe head and abdominal trauma, injuries that Foster is accused of inflicting
Foster's preliminary hearing, delayed several times, was held in Kern County Superior Court on Wednesday.
The court found there was sufficient evidence to bind Foster over for trial on charges of first degree murder, torture, assault on a child under age 8 by a custodial adult resulting in great bodily injury, and two counts of willful cruelty to a child.
Foster, who is being held without bail, could face the death penalty, although the Kern County District Attorney's Office has yet to announce whether it will seek execution for Foster if he is convicted.
Foster, who will turn 28 next week, will be back in court on March 11.
Trinity's mother, Angela Monique Hanna, has already pleaded guilty to several child abuse counts and faces up to 10 years in prison, but she is required to testify truthfully against Foster at his trial.