A Richmond woman charged with abuse of a child – resulting in death will appear in court Wednesday morning. The Motion Hearing for Rebecca Matthews, 24, gets underway at 8:30 in a Ray County Courtroom.

Matthews and her husband, Dennis Matthews, 25, are accused of physically injuring their three-week-old child, Aprhil Matthews, in August.   An autopsy determined the cause of death was “blunt force trauma to the chest with internal bleeding.”  The couple was charged in October.

Rebecca Matthews

Dennis Matthews


Rebecca has been scheduled for a pre-trial conference July 31st and will go before a Ray County Jury in September.  The trial for Dennis is scheduled for November 25th.  His next court appearance is a pre-trial conference October 9th.