NEWTON — The lawyer for a 27-year-old man charged with murdering a North Newton toddler is seeking to suppress statements his client made to officers.
Harvey County Attorney David Yoder is expected to argue in court Thursday that investigators followed proper procedures in gaining information from Chad Carr, who is charged with first-degree murder in the March 2009 death of 19-month-old Vincent Hill.
On Tuesday, officers testified in Harvey County District Court about information they received from Carr, who was the live-in boyfriend of Vincent's mother.
According to the testimony, Carr said that he got up about 3:30 p.m. the day that Vincent went to a hospital with fatal injuries. Vincent's mother was away from the home. Carr told officers he found Vincent unresponsive in his crib. He told officers that the day before Vincent was injured from falling down stairs, according to testimony.
Carr's lawyer, Charlie O'Hara, has filed a motion to suppress multiple statements that Carr made to officers and to suppress any evidence obtained as a result of those statements.
O'Hara contends that Carr didn't voluntarily give the statements and didn't understand his rights. In a court document, O'Hara said that Carr was "coerced or tricked."
Judge Richard Walker is expected to hear arguments on the issue at 4 p.m. Thursday in Harvey County District Court.
Carr's trial is set to begin Jan. 24.
Vincent's mother, Katheryn Nycole Dale, was found to be complicit in the abuse her son suffered. She has pleaded no contest to child abuse and aggravated child endangerment and been sentenced to more than three years of prison.