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Jun 18, 2012 6:36 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Mom charged in toddler's alcohol poisoning death

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - A Placer County woman has been charged with child abuse and neglect after an autopsy showed her 2-year-old daughter died from malnutrition and alcohol poisoning.

Prosecutors on Monday charged Denise Wilder, of Roseville, in connection with the April 4 death of McKinley Wilder, whose father told The Sacramento Bee had been dead for at least several hours when paramedics found her body at her grandparent's home.

Wilder, who is 37, was arrested on suspicion of murder in April but released pending the completion of an autopsy. She was rearrested on Friday and remains jailed without bail. Her arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials have not elaborated on the coroner's finding that the todder had fatal levels of alcohol in her system when she died.

Wilder also has been charged with endangering the life of McKinley's 5-year-old sister.

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