(SALEM, IL) — A 23-year-old Salem woman charged with the Tuesday murder of her infant daughter has indicated she will be hiring a private attorney to defend her against the two First Degree Murder charges against her. Christina Thomason was formally charged Thursday morning in Marion County Court with the two Class M felonies that are each punishable by between 20 and 60 years in prison, if she is convicted. Despite posts Wednesday on her Facebook page indicating she was seeking financial help to pay for her daughter’s funeral through two GoFundMe pages, Thomason said in court Thursday that she would be hiring a private attorney. She is next scheduled to appear in court on April 1. Thomason remains in the Marion County Jail, with bail set at $1 million, or $100,000 cash. The baby’s body was taken to Bloomington on Tuesday afternoon for a specialized autopsy. Thomason has two other children. The 2-year-old daughter was taken into protective custody. A male child with Down Syndrome was already living with other relatives. Shelter hearings are scheduled for both surviving children at a later date, as any testimony Thomason would give at such a hearing could be used against her in criminal court.

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