PASADENA – A judge Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss the case against an Alhambra woman, who, with her husband, is accused of the murder of her 2-year-old grandniece, Sarah Angelina Chavez. Frances Abundis, 36, and her husband, Armando Abundis Sr., 33, are charged with murder, child abuse and assault on a child resulting in death. The toddler was found dead in the couple’s home Oct. 11 in the 1700 block of South Second Street in Alhambra after a frantic 9-1-1 call from Frances Abundis. Last month, Pasadena Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz reduced the aunt’s bail to $1million. Armando Abundis is being held on $2.2 million ba il. Frances Abundis’ defense attorney Alex Kessel asked Wednesday that the case against his client be dismissed due to what he said was a violation of her right to a speedy trial. This is the sixth or seventh time Kessel has attempted to have the case against his client dismissed, he said. In early June, Schwartz denied Kessel’s motion to separate the couple’s cases. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesIn a tape recording of the couple arguing during their December preliminary hearing, Frances Abundis can be heard pleading wi th her husband to tell her what happened to Sarah, attorneys have said. A medical examiner testified during the preliminary hearing that Sarah died from blunt- force trauma to the abdomen, most likely caused by an adult. Additionally, a cellmate of Armando Abundis’ told Alhambra police that Armando Abundis confessed to inflicting the fatal blow to the child with his foot, Kessel said in a June 24 hearing. “Obviously, I’m upset because my client is innocent and would like to prove her innocence to a jury,” Kessel said after the hearing Wednesday. “Unfortunately, she’s attached to the co-defendant.” Armando Abundis is now on his fourth attorney, which has slowed down the process, Kessel noted. There will be another hearing for the couple on Sept. 21. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!