Christchurch mother Emma Roberts has denied failing to seek medical care for her autistic son Leon Jayet-Cole around the time he was allegedly murdered.
The five-year-old schoolboy was admitted to hospital with head injuries in May and died soon afterwards and his stepfather, James Roberts, was later charged with his murder.
Emma Roberts pleaded not guilty to neglect through a registrar yesterday and elected trial by jury.
Police are yet to reveal how they believe Leon's death took place but the full charge claims the mother failed to seek treatment for him on the day he was injured in "a major departure from the standard of care to be expected from a reasonable person".
Emma Roberts has been released on bail and is due to reappear for a case review in September while James Roberts, who has denied murder, is in custody and due to reappear in September.
Emma Roberts gave birth to a daughter last month and Child, Youth and Family are reportedly involved in the safety and wellbeing of her children.