MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont lawmakers will meet to discuss child abuse issues in the wake of 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon's death.

Dezirae of Poultny died in February after suffering severe head trauma. Her stepfather Dennis Duby has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in her death.

Records show that Dezirae had a history of likely child abuse injuries and her mother Sandra Eastman was convicted last year of cruelty to a child.

State senators will discuss possible revisions to statutory practices involving child abuse matters, not specifics of Dezirae's case.

The meeting of the panel will be Wednesday at noon in the Statehouse.


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