JACKSON (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan woman charged in the death of her newborn baby lost custody of two of her other children a decade ago.

According to the Jackson County prosecutor’s office, Amanda Redman’s 27-day-old-daughter, Amillia, was found dead in her Jackson home on April 2. Authorities say the cause of death was suffocation.

Redman is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports Redman lost custody of two children in 2003 for overfeeding the boy, who weighed 120 pounds at age 3.  The newspaper says the boy and Redman’s newborn daughter were placed into foster care and ultimately adopted.

Redman’s situation drew national attention when she, her mother, Linda Redmond, and her attorney appeared on the Dr. Phil show to plead their case.  She told the TV doctor she had some bad choices, but she has learned from her mistakes.

Redman faces a pretrial hearing Friday in Jackson District Court.

On Monday, she was still  in the process of hiring an attorney. There was no working telephone listing for Redman in the Jackson area.

According to Amillia’s obituary, she had three brothers and three sisters. It’s not clear how many of those children were in Amanda Redman’s custody.

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