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Mother has a week to fight extradition

LOGAN (AP) -- A mother who pleaded guilty to what authorities called one of the worst cases of child abuse in the state's history has until next week to object to being extradited to Michigan.

Becky Tucker, 34, was charged in April with murdering her 3-year-old daughter four years ago in Coldwater, Mich.Coldwater Prosecutor John Livesay said Michigan's formal request to extradite Tucker was filed May 5. Utah officials did not receive the request until May 14, and Tucker has a month to object to the request.

But Jack Ford, spokesman for the Utah Department of Corrections, said Tucker can only object if she is not the same person Michigan authorities are after.

Livesay said he expects Tucker will be moved to Michigan between June 15 and June 30.

Tucker is serving a five-year sentence in Utah for nearly starving to death her daughter Brittany. Michigan authorities have charged her with second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the 1995 death of her 3-year-old adopted daughter, Danielle.

Tucker faces up to life in prison if convicted on all the Michigan charges.

The charges were filed 10 months after Branch County authorities exhumed Danielle's body. Livesay has said autopsy results showed the little girl died from a closed-head injury.

The December 1995 fatality occurred while Tucker and her husband Christopher were living in Coldwater, Mich.

The couple had told authorities there that Danielle had accidentally fallen down stairs at the family's home.

Christopher Tucker is serving a sentence of one to 15 years in Utah for abusing Brittany. He is not charged in Danielle's death.

Livesay said police were not aware of Danielle's death until last year, when Utah authorities notified them of their investigation into Becky Tucker.