Jaques Twinn
Jaques Twinn

The mother of a toddler beaten to death last fall -- allegedly by his babysitter -- is now facing trial on her child-endangerment charges.

Hayley Amanda Twinn, 20, of 1204 E. King St., remains free on her own recognizance, charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Both the charges are first-degree misdemeanors.

Twinn appeared before District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr. on Tuesday afternoon for her scheduled preliminary hearing, but defense attorney Joshua Neiderhiser told the judge Twinn was waiving her right to that hearing. That means she's now facing trial in York County Court.

York City Police said Twinn put her two children in danger by leaving them in the care of Aric "Shayne" Woodard.

Police allege she knew Woodard was basically squatting in what essentially was an abandoned house in poor condition owned by his mother at 140 W. Boundary Ave. They allege Twinn allowed him to watch her 1- and 2-year-old children there anyway.

Woodard, 39, of West Jackson Street, is accused of fatally beating 2-year-old Jaques Omari Twinn on Nov. 7. He remains in county prison without bail, facing a possible death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

Neiderhiser and chief deputy prosecutor Jennifer Russell declined comment after the proceeding.