On Friday morning, the preliminary hearing took place in the murder of a 2-year-old Hopkins County boy.
Alexis Mayes, 28, the father's girlfriend, was charged with murder after an autopsy found the child, Kaleib Higgins, died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head and body.
Mayes waived the hearing Friday morning and the case will move to a grand jury.
Tensions flared in the courtroom between families involved, but extra security was on hand to mediate the two parties.
The case in now in the hands of the Commonwealth Attorneys Office and no further court date has been set.
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